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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (1863–1944).  The Oxford Book of Ballads.  1910.
 
67. The Twa Corbies
 
(Scottish version)
 
 
I

AS I was walking all alane,
I heard twa corbies making a mane:
The tane unto the tither did say,
‘Whar sall we gang and dine the day?’
 
II

‘—In behint yon auld fail dyke
        5
I wot there lies a new-slain knight;
And naebody kens that he lies there
But his hawk, his hound, and his lady fair.
 
III

‘His hound is to the hunting gane,
His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl hame,        10
His lady’s ta’en anither mate,
So we may mak’ our dinner sweet.
 
IV

‘Ye’ll sit on his white hause-bane,
And I’ll pike out his bonny blue e’en:
Wi’ ae lock o’ his gowden hair        15
We’ll theek our nest when it grows bare.
 
V

‘Mony a one for him maks mane,
But nane sall ken whar he is gane:
O’er his white banes, when they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair.’        20
 
GLOSS:  corbies] ravens.  fail] turf.  hause] neck.  theek] thatch.
 

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