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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
25. The Bonny Earl of Murray
 
Traditional Ballads
 
 
YE Highlands, and ye Lawlands,
  Oh where have you been?
They have slain the Earl of Murray,
  And they layd him on the green.
 
“Now wae 1 be to thee, Huntly!        5
  And wherefore did you sae?
I bade you bring him wi you,
  But forbade you him to slay.”
 
He was a braw gallant,
  And he rid at the ring;        10
And the bonny Earl of Murray,
  Oh he might have been a king!
 
He was a braw gallant,
  And he playd at the ba;
And the bonny Earl of Murray        15
  Was the flower amang them a’.
 
He was a braw gallant,
  And he played at the glove;
And the bonny Earl of Murray,
  Oh he was the Queen’s love!        20
 
Oh lang will his lady
  Look oer the castle Down,
Eer she see the Earl of Murray
  Come sounding thro the town!
Eer she, etc.        25
 
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