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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Bonny Earl of Murray
The Ballad
 
1.  YE 1 Highlands, and ye Lowlands,
      Oh where have you been?
  They have slain the Earl of Murray,
      And they layd him on the green.
 
2.  “Now wae be to thee, Huntly!        5
      And wherefore did you sae?
  I bade you bring him wi’ you,
      But forbade you him to slay.”
 
3.  He was a braw gallant,
      And he rid at the ring; 2        10
  And the bonny Earl of Murray,
      Oh he might have been a king!
 
4.  He was a braw gallant,
      And he play’d at the ba’;
  And the bonny Earl of Murray        15
      Was the flower amang them a’.
 
5.  He was a braw gallant,
      And he play’d at the glove; 3
  And the bonny Earl of Murray,
      Oh he was the Queen’s love!        20
 
6.  Oh lang will his lady
      Look o’er the Castle Down,
  E’er she see the Earl of Murray
      Come sounding thro the town!
 
Note 1. James Stewart, Earl of Murray, was killed by the Earl of Huntly’s followers, February, 1592. The second stanza is spoken, of course, by the King. [back]
Note 2. Piercing with the lance a suspended ring, as one rode at full speed, was a favorite sport of the day. [back]
Note 3. Probably this reference is to the glove worn by knights as a lady’s favor. [back]
 
 
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