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Lord Ingram and Chiel Wyet

No: 66; variant: 66D

  1. LORD INGRAM and Childe Viat Were both bred in one ha; They laid their luves on one ladye, And frae her they could na fa.
  2. Lord Ingram courted Lady Maisery, He courted her frae ha to bower; And even sae did Childe Viat, Amang the summer flowers.
  3. Lord Ingram courted Ladye Maisery, He courted her frae bower to ha; And even sae did Childe Viat, Among the sheets sae sma.
  4. Sir Ingram bought her Ladye Maisery The steed that paid him well; She wads he were ayont the sea, Gin she had her true love.
  5. Lord Ingram bought her Lady Maisery The knives hafted wi steel; She wads they were in his heart’s bluid, Gin Childe Viat was weel.
  6. Lord Ingram bought her Lady Maisery The golden knobbed gloves; She wads they were ayone the sea, Gin she had her true love.
  7. ‘There’s two swords in one scabbard, They cost me many a pound; Take you the best, leave me the worst, We’s fight till they be done.’
  8. The firsten stroke Lord Ingram gae, He wounded Childe Viat nigh; The nexten stroke Childe Viat gae, Lord Ingram’s head did flie; And fifty feet oer a burken buss Lord Ingram’s head did flee.
  9. There was no mane made for these two lords, In bower where they lay slain; But all was for this fair ladie, In bower where she gaed brain.
  10. ‘For one word I would gie for Childe Viat, For Lord Ingram I would gie three; And it’s a’ for the brave wedding That he did to me gie.’