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“The present ballad appears to have been suggested by one composed at the time; a few stanzas of which are fortunately remembered by the reverend Mr BOYD, translator of Dante, and were obligingly communicated to the editor by his very ingenious and valuable friend, J. C. WALKER, Esq.”
The reek it rose, and the flame it flew,
And oh! the fire augmented high,
And to the bed where Lord John lay.
“ O help me, help me, Lady Frennet,
“ I never ettled * harm to thee; “ And if my father slew thy lord,
Forget the deed, and rescue ine."
* Ettled, intended.
He looked east, he looked west,
To see if any help was nigh;
Who to his lord aloud did cry,
“ Loup down, loup down, my master dear;
“ What tho' the window's dreigh * and hie, “ I'll catch you in my arms tua,
“And never a foot from you I'll flee."
“ How can I loup, you
“ And my twa legs burnt to my knee?"
“ There are some intermediate particulars (Mr BOYD says) respecting the lady's lodging her victims in a turret, or flanker, which did not communicate with the castle. This (adds he) I only have from tradition, as I never heard any other stanzas besides the foregoing."
* Dreigh, far from the ground, hazardous.
THE BONNIE EARL O MURRAY.
“ U Pon the 7th of February, (1591) the Earl of Huntly, with his friends, to the number of five or six score horse, passed from his majesty's said house (the Abbey of Holy-rood) in Edinburgh, as intending to pass to a horserace in Leith; but after they came there, having another purpose in their head, they passed forward to the Queen's-ferry, where they had caused stop the passing of all boats over the water. When they came on the other side of the Ferry, they passed directly
to the place of Dinnibristle, beside Aberdour, pertaining to James Earl of Murray: This was his mother's dwelling-house, and he intended to have stay'd there, in hopes of being received into his Majesty's favour, and so of being reconciled to the chancellor, intending to have gone over for that purpose the very next day. But so it happened, in the mean time, that the Earl of Huntly raised fire, and burnt the house of Dinnibristle, and most unworthily slew and murdered the Earl of Murray, who was the tallest and lustiest young nobleman within the kingdom, to the great regret of all people. With him also they slew the Sheriff of Murray, Dumbar, and hurt three or four others of his servants : They took some of the servants-likewise, and returned peaceably back to the town of Inverkeithing, where they remained all that night; and, in the mean time, the Earl sent the Goodman of Buckie, Gordon, to Edin
burgh, to tell the news; but he departed without good-night, and being sought at his lodgings next day, by the Duke of Lennox, the Earl of Marr, the Lord Ochiltree, and their servants, he narrowly escaped, and returned again to his master, the Earl of Huntly, at Inverkeithing; who being at dinner, immediately on Buckie's arrival rose therefrom, and slipt away in haste, not even paying his reckoning.”—Moyses' Memoirs, p. 182.
The attempt of the Earl of Bothwell to seize the person of James VI., was the primary cause of this tragedy. Upon its failure, Huntly got a commission from the king to pursue Bothwell and his followers with fire and sword ; and it was under, cover of this commission, that he revenged a private quarrel he had against Murray, who was a relation of Bothwell's.- Percy. The bishop is, however, wrong in countenancing the report, that James aided and abetted the murderers;