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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Bessie Bell and Mary Gray
The Ballad
 
1.  O BESSIE BELL 1 and Mary Gray,
    They war twa bonnie lasses!
  They biggit 2 a bower on yon burn-brae, 3
    And theekit 4 it oer wi rashes.
 
2.  They theekit it oer wi’ rashes green,        5
    They theekit it oer wi’ heather:
  But the pest cam frae the burrows-town,
    And slew them baith thegither.
 
3.  They thought to lie in Methven kirk-yard
    Amang their noble kin;        10
  But they maun lye in Stronach haugh,
    To biek forenent the sin. 5
 
4.  And Bessie Bell and Mary Gray,
    They war twa bonnie lasses;
  They biggit a bower on yon burn-brae,        15
    And theekit it oer wi’ rashes.
 
Note 1. Founded on an actual event of the plague, near Perth, in 1645. See the interesting account in Professor Child’s ‘Ballads,’ Part VII., p. 75f. [back]
Note 2. Built. [back]
Note 3. A hill sloping down to a brook. [back]
Note 4. Thatched. [back]
Note 5. To bake in the rays of the sun. [back]
 
 
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