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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
13. The Twa Corbies
 
Traditional Ballads
 
 
AS 1 I was walking all alane,
I heard two corbies making a mane;
The tane unto the t’ other say,
“Where sall we gang and dine to-day?”
 
“In behint yon auld fail 2 dyke,        5
I wot 3 there lies a new slain knight;
And naebody kens 4 that he lies there,
But his hawk, his hound, and lady fair.
 
“His hound is to the hunting gane,
His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl hame,        10
His lady’s ta’en another mate,
So we may mak our dinner sweet.
 
“Ye’ll sit on his white hause-bane, 5
And I’ll pike out his bonny blue een;
Wi ae lock o his gowden hair        15
We’ll theek 6 our nest when it grows bare.
 
“Mony a one for him makes mane, 7
But nane sall ken where he is gane;
Oer his white banes when they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair.”        20
 
Note 1. Turf. [back]
Note 2. Know. [back]
Note 3. Knows. [back]
Note 4. Neck-bone. [back]
Note 5. Thatch. [back]
Note 6. Moan. [back]
Note 7. Old. [back]
 

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