A select collection of favourite Scotish ballads. Morison's ed

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Page 56 - OR ever, Fortune, wilt thou prove An unrelenting foe to love, And when we meet a mutual heart, Come in between, and bid us part : Bid us sigh on from day to day, And wish, and wish the soul away, Till youth and genial years are flown, And all the life of life is gone ? But busy busy still art thou, To bind the loveless joyless vow, The heart from pleasure to delude, To join the gentle to the rude.
Page 16 - Love wont to gae ! 1 leant my back unto an aik, I thought it was a trusty tree ; But first it bow'd, and syne it brak, Sae my true Love did lichtly me. O waly waly, but love be bonny A little time while it is new ; But when 'tis auld, it waxeth cauld And fades awa...
Page 14 - thy true love calls, Come from her midnight grave; Now let thy pity hear the maid Thy love refused to save. 'This is the dumb and dreary hour, When injured ghosts complain; When yawning graves give up their dead To haunt the faithless swain.
Page 94 - LORD THOMAS and fair Annet Sate a' day on a hill ; Whan night was cum, and sun was sett, They had not talkt their fill. Lord Thomas said a word in jest, Fair Annet took it ill : A' ! I will nevir wed a wife Against my ain friends will.
Page 94 - And marrie me owt o hand ; * And I will tak the nut-browne bride, Fair Annet may leive the land." Up then rose Fair Annet's father, Twa hours or it wer day, And he is gane into the bower Wherein Fair Annet lay. " Rise up, rise up, Fair Annet," he says, " Put on your silken sheene ; Let us gae to St.
Page 14 - So shall the fairest face appear When youth and years are flown; Such is the robe that kings must wear When death has reft their crown. Her bloom was like the springing flower, That sips the silver dew; The rose was budded in her cheek, Just opening to the view.
Page 41 - I'll never love thee more. As Alexander I will reign, And I will reign alone : My thoughts did evermore disdain A rival on my throne. He either fears his fate too much...
Page 45 - Wi mony a loud huzza, man, But ere next morn proclaim-d the cock, We heard anither craw, man. " The brave Lochiel, as I heard tell, Led Camerons on in clouds, man ; The morning fair, and clear the air, They loos'd with devilish thuds, man. Down guns they threw, and swords they drew, And soon did...
Page 50 - Delight in archery. See, fee yon bow extended ! 'Tis Jove himfelf that bends it, Tis Jove himfelf that bends it, O'er clouds on high it glows. All nations, Turks and Parthians, The Tartars and the Scythians, The Arabs, Moors, and Indians...
Page 110 - I'll aye remember ; But now her frowns make it decay, It fades as in December. Ye rural powers, who hear my strains, Why thus should Peggy grieve me ? Oh ! make her partner in my pains, Then let her smiles relieve me. If not, my love will turn despair, My passion no more tender, I'll leave the bush aboon Traquair, To lonely wilds I'll wander.

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