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Thread #65566 Message #1949821
Posted By: Roberto
27-Jan-07 - 02:28 PM
Thread Name: two verses in Dowie Dens O Yarrow (Janet Russell)
Subject: two verses in Dowie Dens O Yarrow
Did ye come here tae drink the wine?
Did ye come here tae borrow?
Or did ye come tae wield yer brand
On the dowie dens o' Yarrow?
I am not come tae drink the wine
Nor yet to beg or borrow
But I am come tae wield my brand
On the dowie dens o' Yarrow!
This particular two verses I have taken from The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow
Janet Russell, on Fyre & Sworde, Songs of the Border Reivers, Fellside FECD131, 1998. The set is similar to Child J.
1. How to translate "beg or borrow" in this context?
2. wield the brand: I intend to swing the sword. Correct?