Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. Scotland: Vols. VIVIII. 187679.
Selkirk and Peebles (The Forest)
The Flowers of the Forest
Jane Elliot (17271805)
The Forest was the name given to a district which comprehended Selkirkshire, and a portion of Peeblesshire and Clydesdale, and which was noted for its fine archers. These were almost to a man slain at the battle of Flodden (1513), and upon that disastrous event the song is founded.
I VE heard the lilting at our yowe-milking,
Lasses a-lilting before the dawn of day;
But now they are moaning on ilka green loaning,
The Flowers of the Forest are a wede away.
At bughts in the morning nae blythe lads are scorning,