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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (1863–1944).  The Oxford Book of Ballads.  1910.
 
176. Bessie Bell and Mary Gray
 
 
I

O BESSIE BELL and Mary Gray,
  They war twa bonnie lasses;
They biggit a bower on yon burn-brae,
  And theekit it o’er wi’ rashes.
 
II

They theekit it o’er wi’ rashes green,
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  They theekit it o’er wi’ heather;
But the pest cam frae the burrows-town,
  And slew them baith thegither.
 
III

They thought to lye in Methven kirkyard,
  Amang their noble kin;        10
But they maun lye in Stronach haugh,
  To bick forenent the sin.
 
IV

And Bessie Bell and Mary Gray,
  They war twa bonnie lasses;
They biggit a bower on yon burn-brae,        15
  And theekit it o’er wi’ rashes.
 
GLOSS:  biggit] built.  theekit] thatched.  haugh] water-mead.  biek] bask.  sin] sun.
 

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