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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (1863–1944).  The Oxford Book of Ballads.  1910.
 
134. Willie Macintosh
 
 
I

‘TURN, Willie Macintosh,
  Turn, I bid you;
Gin ye burn Auchindown,
  Huntly will head you.’—
 
II

‘Head me or hang me,
        5
  That canna fley me;
I’ll burn Auchindown
  Ere the life lea’ me.’
 
III

Coming down Deeside,
  In a clear morning,        10
Auchindown was in flame,
  Ere the cock-crawing.
 
IV

But coming o’er Cairn Croom,
  And looking down, man,
I saw Willie Macintosh        15
  Burn Auchindown, man.
 
V

‘Bonnie Willie Macintosh,
  Whare left ye your men?’—
‘I left them in the Stapler,
  But they’ll never come hame.’        20
 
VI

‘Bonny Willie Macintosh,
  Whare now is your men?’—
‘I left them in the Stapler,
  Sleeping in their sheen.’
 

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