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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Glenlogie
Smith’s Scottish Minstrelsy
 
THREE score o’ nobles rade up the king’s ha’,
But bonnie Glenlogie’s the flower o’ them a’,
Wi’ his milk-white steed and his bonnie black e’e,
“Glenlogie, dear mither, Glenlogie for me!”
 
“O haud your tongue, daughter, ye’ll get better than he;”        5
“O say nae sae, mither, for that canna be;
Though Doumlie is richer, and greater than he,
Yet if I maun tak him, I’ll certainly dee.
 
“Where will I get a bonnie boy, to win hose and shoon,
Will gae to Glenlogie, and come again soon?”        10
“O here am I a bonnie boy, to win hose and shoon,
Will gae to Glenlogie and come again soon.”
 
When he gaed to Glenlogie, ’twas “wash and go dine;”
’Twas “wash ye, my pretty boy, wash and go dine,”
“O ’twas ne’er my father’s fashion, and it ne’er shall be mine        15
To gar a lady’s hasty errand wait till I dine.”
 
“But there is, Glenlogie, a letter for thee;”
The first line that he read, a low smile gave he,
The next line that he read, the tear blindit his e’e;
But the last line that he read, he gart the table flee.        20
 
“Gar saddle the black horse, gar saddle the brown;
Gar saddle the swiftest steed e’er rade frae a town;”
But lang ere the horse was drawn and brought to the green,
O bonnie Glenlogie was twa mile his lane.
 
When he came to Glenfeldy’s door, little mirth was there;        25
Bonnie Jean’s mother was tearing her hair;
“Ye’re welcome, Glenlogie, ye’re welcome,” said she,
“Ye’re welcome, Glenlogie, your Jeanie to see.”
 
Pale and wan was she, when Glenlogie gaed ben,
But red and rosy grew she, whene’er he sat down;        30
She turned awa’ her head, but the smile was in her e’e,
“O binna feared, mither, I’ll maybe no dee.”
 
 
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