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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (1863–1944).  The Oxford Book of Ballads.  1910.
 
96. Bonny George Campbell
 
 
I

HIE upon Hielands,
  And laigh upon Tay,
Bonny George Campbell
  Rade out on a day:
Saddled and bridled,        5
  Sae gallant to see,
Hame cam’ his gude horse,
  But never cam’ he.
 
II

Down ran his auld mither,
  Greetin’ fu’ sair;        10
Out ran his bonny bride,
  Reaving her hair;
‘My meadow lies green,
  And my corn is unshorn,
My barn is to bigg,        15
  And my babe is unborn.’
 
III

Saddled and bridled
  And booted rade he;
A plume in his helmet,
  A sword at his knee;        20
But toom cam’ his saddle
  A’ bluidy to see,
O hame cam’ his gude horse,
  But never cam’ he!
 
GLOSS:  laigh] low.  greeting] crying, lamenting.  Reaving] tearing.  bigg] build.  toom] empty.
 

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