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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Good Night
By Thomas Armstrong (d. 1601)
THIS 1 night is my departing night;
  For here nae langer must I stay!
There ’s neither friend, nor foe, o’ mine,
  But wishes me away!
What I have done, thro’ lack of wit,        5
  I never, never, can recall!
I hope ye’re a’ my friends as yet;
  Good Night! and joy be with you all!
Note 1. These verses are supposed to have been written by one of the Armstrongs, presumably Thomas, executed for the murder of Sir John Carmichael of Edrom, Warden of the Middle Marches, on June 16, 1600, at Raesknows, near Lochmaben, whither he was going to hold a court of justice. “Two of the ringleaders in the slaughter (Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, vol. ii., p. 19), Thomas Armstrong, called Ringan’s Tam, and Adam Scott, called the Pecket, were tried at Edinburgh at the instance of Carmichael of Edrom. They were condemned to have their hands struck off, thereafter to be hanged, and their bodies gibbeted on the Borough Moor; which sentence was executed 14th November, 1601.” [back]

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