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The first road she gaed was her mither,
Wha said, Lassie, how gaes a'?
That I was married awa,
And at it for ever to ca'?
That's everly crying to draw.
Her mither said till her, Hech, lassie !
He's wisest, I fear, o' the twa; There'll be little to put in the tassie,
Gif be sae backward to draw;
And at it baith wallop and ca',
And weanies and debt keep awa.
Sae swift away hame to your haddin';
e'er Ye maunna be ilka day gaddin',
Nor gang sae white-finger'd and braw ; For now wi' a neebor ye're yokit,
And wi' him should cannilie draw; Or else ye deserve to be knockit
So that's an answer for a'.
Young luckie thus fand hersell mither'd,
And wish'd she had ne'er come awa; At length wi' hersell she consider'd,
That hameward 'twas better to draw, And e'en tak a chance o' the landin',
However that matters might fa': Folk maúnna on freits aye
be standin', That's wooed, and married, and a'.*
* From Cromek's Select Scottish Songs, 1810.
PRINCE CHARLES AND FLORA MACDONALD'S WELCOME TO SKYE.
SAID TO BE FROM THE GAELIC.
TUNE-Charlie's welcome to Skye. Tere are two ponny maitens, and tree ponny maitens,
Come over te Minch, and come over te main, With te wind for teir way, and te corrie for teir hame;
Let us welcome tem pravely unto Skhee akain. Come along, come along, wit your poatie and your song,
You two ponny maitens, and tree ponny maitens ; For te nicht it is dark, and te red-coat is gane,
And you're pravely welcome unto Skhee akain.
Tere is Flora, my honey, so tear and so ponny,
And one that is tall, and comely witall;
Tey're welcome unto te isle of Skhee akain.
You two ponny maitens, and tree ponny maitens ; For te lhady of Macoulain she lieth her lane,
And you're pravely welcome to Skhee akain.
arm it is strong, and her petticoat is long,
My one ponny maiten, and two ponny maitens ; Put teir bed shall be clain on te beather most crain;
And tey're welcome unto te isle of Skhee akain. Come along, come along, wit your poatie and your song,
You one ponny maiten, and two ponny maitens; Py te sea-moullit's nest I will watch ye ower te main;
And you're tearly welcome to Skhee akain.
Tere's a wind on te tree, and a ship on te sea,
My two pónny maitens, and tree ponny maitens ; On te lea of the rock shall your cradle be rock ;
And you're welcome unto te isle of Skhee akain. Come along, come along, wit your poatie and your song,
My two ponny maitens, and tree ponny maitens: More sound shall you sleep, when you rock on te deep; And you's aye pe welcome to Skhee akain.*
* From the Jacobite Relics, 1821.
THE BATTLE OF SHERIFF-MUIR."
TUNE-We ran, and they ran.
THERE's some say that we wan,
And some say that they wan,
But ae thing I'm sure,
That at Sheriff-muir
Brave Argyle and Belhaven,
Not like frighted Leven,
For they all, with Wightman,
Advanced on the right, man,
Lord Roxburgh? was there,
In order to share
Volunteerly to ramble
With Lord Loudoun Campbell; 9
Sir John Shaw, that great knight,
1 Fought on the 13th of November, 1715, between the forces of King George I., under John Duke of Argyle, and those of “the Pretender, commanded by John Earl of Mar. The issue of this battle was uncertain, the right wings of both armies being successful, while both left wings were defeated. It is this winning and running, common to both parties, which forms the principal humour of the song.
2 3 4 5 Lord Belhaven, the Earl of Leven, and the Earls of Rothes and Haddington, who all bore arms as volunteers in the royal army.
6 Major-General Joseph Wightman, who commanded the centre of the royal army:
7 John, fifth Duke of Roxburgh, a loyal volunteer.
8 Archibald, Duke of Douglas, who commanded a body of his vassals in the royal army.
9 Hugh Campbell, third Earl of Loudoun, of the royal army.
10 The Earl of Ilay, brother to the Duke of Argyle. He came up to the field only a few hours before the battle, and had the misfortune to be wounded.
11 Sir John Shaw of Greenock, an officer in the troop of volunteers, noted for his keen Whiggish spirit.
On horseback he briskly did charge, man ;
An hero that's bold,
None could him withhold,
For the cowardly Whittam,12
For fear they should cut him,
And that in such thrang,"
Made Baird aid-du-camp,
The great Colonel Dow,
Gaed foremost, I trow,
Except Sandy Baird,
And Naughton, the laird,
Brave Mar and Panmure 13
Were firm, I am sure ;
But with brisk men about,
Brave Harry 14 retook
Grave Marshall 15 and Lithgow, le
And Glengary's17 pith, too, Assisted by brave Logie A'mon',18
And Gordons the bright,
Sae boldly did fight,
Strathmore 19 and Clanronald 20
12 Major-General Whitham, who commanded the left wing of the King's ar
13 James, Earl of Panmure. 14 The Honourable Harry Maule of Kellie, brother to the foregoing, whom he re-captured after the engagement. 15 16 The Earls of Marischal and Linlithgow. 17 The Chief of Glengary. 18 Thomas Drummond of Logie Almond. 19 The Earl of Strathmore, killed in the battle. 20 The Chief of Clanranald.
Till both of these heroes did fa', man;
For there was sic hashing,
And broadswords a-clashing,
Lord Perth 22 stood the storm,
Seaforth 23 but lukewarm,
And Hamilton 26 pled
The men were not bred,
Brave, generous Southesk,2
Tullibardine was brisk,
Into the same yoke,
Which served for a cloak,
Lord Rollo, 29 not fear'd,
Kintore 30 and his beard,
And brothers Balfours,
But Cleppan 35 acted pretty,
And Strowan,36 the witty,
For mine is but rhyme,
In respect of what's fine,
21 The Earl of Forfar–on the King's side-wounded in the engagement.
22 James, Lord Drummond, eldest son of the Earl of Perth, was Lieutenant-general of horse under Mar, and behaved with great gallantry.
23 William Mackenzie, fifth Earl of Seaforth. 24 The Viscount Kilsyth.
25 The Viscount Strathallan. 26 Lieutenant-general George Hamilton, commanding under the Earl of Mar.
27 James, fifth Earl of Southesk.
30 The Earl of Kintore. 31 Lord Pitsligo.
32 Lord Ogilvie, son of the Earl of Airly. 33 Bruce, Laird of Clackmannan--the husband, I believe, of the old lady who knighted Robert Burns with the sword of Bruce, at Clackmannan Tower. 34 Lord Burleigh.
35 Major William Clephane. 36 Alexander Robertson of Struan, chief of the Robertsons.