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Broadside ballad entitled 'Ewe Buchts'
Bonnie Mary in the ewe buchts is gane
To milk her father's ewes,
Right over the top of the knowes.
Came early riding by,
To see Mary milking the ewes.
Milk on, milk on, said he?
And you'll show me o'er the lea..
Your steed's both stout and strong,
For fear that you do me wrong.
And by the wrist green sleeve,
And he asked no man's leave.
And has ta'en out guineas ten,
For you'll never see me again.
And he's ridden after his men.
Was dear master you've, tarried long.
And I have ridden amang the knowes,
Was milking her daddie's ewes.
And she's gane singing hame,
Was, dear daughter you've tarried long.
There came a tod amongest our ewes,
And a woeful tod was he,
Before he had ta'en my ewe lamb away,
It happened on a day, on a bonnie summer day,
She was calling out her father's kye,
Coming riding merrily by !
Saying fair maid, have you got a man,
Saying I've got one at home,
For as loud as I hear ye lee,
When you were in the ewe buchts wi' me?
He has ordered one of his men to come down,
And help her on behind,
For they'll never be call'd in by mine.
Have fifty plonghs and three ;
That's in a' the north country.
Probable period of publication:
1860-1890 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(2b)