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Thomas the Rhymer is a story of a man bewitched by the Queen of the Fairies. She tempts him to kiss her, making him her own for seven years. “Harp and carp, Thomas, she said, harp and carp alang wi me; and if ye dare to kiss ma lips, sure of your body I will be.” We can see the Queen of the Fairies pointing out to Thomas the way they must go. “Oh see you not yon narrow road, So thick beset with thorns and briers; That is the path of righteousness, Though after it but few enquires.” From a series of costumed figure made by Anne Carrick depicting the Border Ballards by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) on display at Smailholm Tower, Borders.
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