No: 17; variant: 17[I]
- She gave him a gay gold ring,
Hey lillelu and how lo lan
But he gave her a far better thing.
With my hey down and a hey diddle downie
- He gave her a silver wan,
With nine bright laverocks thereupon.
- Young Hynd Horn is come to the lan,
There he met a beggar man.
- ‘What news, what news do ye betide?’
‘Na news but Jeanie’s the prince’s bride.’
- ‘Wilt thou give me thy begging weed?
And I’ll give thee my good grey steed.
- ‘Wilt thou give me thy auld grey hair?
And I’ll give ye mine that is thrice as fair.’
- The beggar he got on for to ride,
But young Hynd Horn is bound for the bride.
- First the news came to the ha,
Then to the room mang the gentles a’.
- ‘There stands a beggar at our gate,
Asking a drink for young Hynd Horn’s sake.’
- ‘I’ll ga through nine fires hot
To give him a drink for young Hynd Horn’s sake.’
- She gave him the drink, and he dropt in the ring;
They lady turned baith pale an wan.
- ‘Oh got ye it by sea, or got ye it by lan?
Or got ye it off some dead man’s han?’
- ‘I got it not by sea, nor I got it not by lan,
But I got it off thy milk-white han.’
- ‘I’ll cast off my dress of red,
And I’ll go with thee and beg my bread.
- ‘I’ll cast off my dress of brown,
And follow you from city to town.
- ‘I’ll cast off my dress of green,
For I am not ashamed with you to be seen.’
- ‘You need not cast off your dress of red,
For I can support thee on both wine and bread.
- ‘You need not cast off your dress of brown,
For I can keep you a lady in any town.
- ‘You need not cast off your dress of green,
For I can maintain you as gay as a queen.’