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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Twa Corbies
Anonymous
 
AS 1 I was walking all alane,
I heard twa corbies making a mane;
The tane unto the t’other say,
‘Where sall we gang and dine the day?’
 
‘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.
 
‘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 make our dinner sweet.
 
‘Ye’ll sit on his white hause-bane,
And I’ll pike out his bonny blue een;
Wi’ ae lock o’ his gowden hair        15
We’ll theek our nest when it grows bare.
 
‘Mony a one for him makes mane,
But nane sall ken whae he is gane,
O’er his white banes, when they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair.’        20
 
Note 1. From Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, 1803. This is a Scottish version of the Three Ravens. [back]
 
 
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