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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
27. Bonnie George Campbell
 
Traditional Ballads
 
 
HIE upon Hielands,
  and laigh upon Tay,
Bonnie George Campbell
  rode out on a day.
 
He saddled, he bridled,        5
  and gallant rode he,
And hame cam his guid horse,
  but never cam he.
 
Out cam his mother dear,
  greeting fu sair,        10
And out cam his bonnie bryde,
  riving 1 her hair.
 
“The meadow lies green,
  the corn is unshorn,
But bonnie George Campbell        15
  will never return,”
 
Saddled and bridled
  and booted rode he,
A plume in his helmet,
  A sword at his knee.        20
 
But toom 2 cam his saddle,
  all bloody to see,
Oh, hame cam his guid horse,
  but never cam he!
 
Note 1. Ask. [back]
Note 2. Taken. [back]
 

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