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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (1863–1944).  The Oxford Book of Ballads.  1910.
 
153. The Lament of the Border Widow
 
 
I

MY love he built me a bonny bower,
And clad it a’ wi’ lilye flour;
A brawer bower ye ne’er did see,
Than my true love he built for me.
 
II

There came a man, by middle day,
        5
He spied his sport, and went away;
And brought the King that very night,
Who brake my bower, and slew my knight.
 
III

He slew my knight, to me sae dear;
He slew my knight, and poin’d his gear;        10
My servants all for life did flee,
And left me in extremitie.
 
IV

I sew’d his sheet, making my mane;
I watch’d the corpse, myself alane;
I watch’d his body, night and day;        15
No living creature came that way.
 
V

I took his body on my back,
And whiles I gaed, and whiles I sat;
I digg’d a grave, and laid him in,
And happ’d him with the sod sae green.        20
 
VI

But think na ye my heart was sair,
When I laid the moul’ on his yellow hair;
O think na ye my heart was wae,
When I turn’d about, away to gae?
 
VII

Nae living man I’ll love again,
        25
Since that my lovely knight is slain;
Wi’ ae lock of his yellow hair
I’ll chain my heart for evermair.
 
GLOSS:  poin’d] made forfeit.
 

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