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"O is there nae a bonnie bird,
But out then cam Lord Lochinvar, if
Out frae the English Border,
All for to court this bonny may,
Weel mounted, and in order.
And a' the lave o' her kin;
But he told na the bonnie may hersell,
Till on her wedding e'en.
She sent to the Lord o' Lauderdale,
Gin he wad come and see;
And he has sent word back again, At fetching o'er Johnie.
Weel answer'd she suld be.
And he has sent a messenger
Right quickly through the land, “Ye wad nae be warn'd, my son Johnie,
And raised mony an armed man
To be at his command.
The bride looked out at a high window,
Beheld baith dale and down,
And she was aware of her first true love,
With riders mony a one. " But wae betyde that silly auld carle!
She scoffed him, and scorned him,
Upon her wedding day;
And said-"It was the Fairy court
To see him in array !
"O come ye here to fight, young lord, And his gude graje dogs are slain;
Or come ye here to play
Or come ye here to drink good wine
Upon the wedding day ?"-1
"I come na here to fight," he said, KATHARINE JANFARIE.
"I come na here to play ;
I'll but lead a dance wi' the bonny bride, The Ballad was published in the first edition of this And mount, and go my way.' work, under the title of "The Laird of Laminton."
It is a glass of the blood-red wine It is now given in a more perfect state, from seve Was filled up them between, ral recited copies. The residence of the lady, and
And aye she drank to Lauderdale the scene of the affray at her bridal, is said, by old
Wha her true love had been.tt people, to have been upon the banks of the Cadden, ncar to where it joins the Theed.- Others say
the He's ta’en her by the milk-white hand, skirmish was fought near Trapuair, and Kath And by the grass-green sleeve; ARINE JANFARIE's dwelling was in the glen about He's mounted her hie behind himsel}, three miles above Traquair House.s
At her kinsmen speir'd na leave. It THERE was a may, and a weel-far'd may,
"Now take your bride, Lord Lochinvar! Lived high up in yon glen:
Now take her if you may ! Her name was Katharine Janfarie,
But, if you take your bride again, She was courted by mony men.
We'll call it but foul play.' Up then came Lord Lauderdale,
There were four-and-twenty bonnie boys, Up frae the Lawland Border;
A' clad in the Johnstone grey ;SS And he has come to court this may,
They said they would take the bride again, A' mounted in good order.
By the strong hand, if they may.
But they were na willing a';
And four-and-twenty Leader lads And has her favour won.
Bid them mount and ride awa'. * (Perhaps here should be inserted the beautiful stanza pre. served by Finlay, so descriptive, as he remarks, of the languor of
1 ["Then spoke the bride's father, his hand on his sword, death:
(For the poor craven bridegroom said never a word.) “There's no a bird in a' this forest
O come ye in peace here, or come ye in war,
Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar?""
Lady Heron's Songs. Marmion, Canto V.)
** ["'I long woo'd your daughter my suit ye denied :MOTHERWELL, P. 22.] Love swells like the Solwny, but ebbs like its tide
And now am I come, with this lost love of mine, + Gear-Usually signifies goods, but here spoil.
To lead but one measure, drink one cup of wine." (Mr. Motherwell has printed some stanzas of perhaps a more
Ibid.) ancient set of this ballad-e. g.
** ("The bride kiss'd the goblet ; the knight rook it up, V. 2.-" Johnie lookit east, and Johnie lookit weet,
He quatrod off the wine, and he threw down the cup,
She looked down to blush, and she looked up to sigh,
With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye."
11 ("Ono touch to her hand, and one word in her ear,
When they reach'd the hall door, and the charger stood near; V.5.-" It's down, and it's down, and it's down, down,
So light to the croupe the fair lady he swung,
So light to the saddle before her he sprung!
'She is won! we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur ; Asleep amang their dogs, dogs,
They'll have fleet steeds that follow,' quoth young Lochinvar." Asleep amang their dogs."--P. 23.)
Ibid.) S (At page 225 of Motherwell, the reader will find another ver $$ Johnstone Grey-The livery of the ancient family of Johnsion of this ballad, in which the heroine bears not the name of stone. (This circumstance appears to support the Clydesdale Jan farie, but Johnstone, and her lover is, as in the first edition copy, which gives Katharine the surname of Johnstone. I inof the Minstrelay, the Laird of Lamnington- t. e. Baillie of Lam cline to suspect that she was a Johnstone of Wamphray, and ington, in Clydesdale. the head of that ancient name.--ED.) that Katharine o' Wamphray had been blundered, by the Ettrick
i (Gordon of Lochinvar, head of a powerful branch of that reciters, into Katharine Joffrey, vulgarly pronounced Janfray.name, afterwards Viscounts of Lochinvar.
Then whingers flew frae gentles' sides,
to the chalmer, whare the said gentilman was put in And swords few frae the shea's,
custodie to certayne of the garde, and commandit And red and rosy was the blood
thayme that iminediatelie he sould be broght to the Ran down the lily braes.
King and Queyne, whareunto they geving sure creThe blood ran down by Caddon bank,
dence, obeyit. But howsone she was cum bak to
the chalmer dur, she desyrit the watches to stay till And down by Caddon brae : And, sigling, said the bonny bride
he sould cum furth agayne, and so she closit the dur, "O wae's me for foul play!"*
and convoyit the gentilman to a windo', whare she
ministrat a long corde unto him to convoy himself My blessing on your heart, sweet thing! doun upon; and sa, be hir gude cheritable help, he Wae to your wilfu' will!
happelie escapit be the subteltie of love." There's mony a gallant gentleman Whae's bluid ye have garr'd to spill,
'THE LAIRD O' LOGIE. Now a' you lords of fair England,
I will sing, if ye will hearken,
If ye will hearken unto me;
The King has ta'en a poor prisoner,
The wanton laird o' young Logie.
Young Logie's laid in Edinburgh chapel :
Carmichael's the keeper o' the key;S And play ye foul foul play.
And may Margaret's lamenting sair,
A’ for the love of young Logie.ll
"Lament, lament na, may Margaret, THE LAIRD O’LOGIE.
And of your weeping let me be; As edition of this ballad is current, under the title For ye maun to the king himsell. of "The Laird of Ochiltree;" but the Editor, since
To seek the life of young Logie." the first publication of this work, has been fortunate May Margaret has kilted her green cleiding, enough to recover the following more correct and
And she has curl'd back her yellow hairancient copy, as recited by a gentleman residing "If I canna get young Logie's life, near Biggar. It agrees more nearly, both in the Farewell to Scotland for evermair." name and in the circumstances, with the real fact, tban the printed ballad of Ochiltree.
When she came before the King, In the year 1592, Francis Stuart, Earl of Both well, She knelit lowly on her kneewas agitating his frantic and ill-concerted attempts
“O what's the matter, may Margaret? against the person of James VI., whom he endeavour And what needs a' this courtesie ?" el to surprise in the Palace of Falkland. Through the emulation and private rancour of the courtiers,
"A boon, a boon, my noble liege, be found adherents even about the King's person;
A boon, a boon, I beg o' thee!
And the first boon that I come to crave, among whom, it seems, was the hero of our ballad, whose history is thus narrated in that curious and
Is to grant me the life of young Logie."valuable chronicle, of which the first part has been “O na, O na, may Margaret, published under the title of “The Historie of King Forsooth, and so it manna be; James the Sext."
For a' the gowd o' fair Scotland "In this close tyme it fortunit, that a gentleman, Shall not save the life of young Logie." calbt Weymis of Logye, being also in credence at Court, was delatit as a traflekker with Frances Erle But she has stown the King's redding kaim, ff Bothwell; and he, being examinat before King
Likewise the Queen her wedding knite, and counsall, confessit his accusation to be of veri
And sent the tokens to Carmichael, tie. that sundry tymes he bad spokin with him, ex To cause young Logie get his life. preselie aganis the King's inhibitioun proclamit in
She sent him a purse o' the red gowd, the contrare, whilk confession he subscryvit with his
Another o' the white monie ; hand; and because the event of this mater had sik a
She sent him a pistol for each hand, success, it sall also be praysit be my pen, as a wor
And bade him shoot when he gat free. thie tume, proceiding froin honest chest love and charitie, whilk şuld on na wayis be obscurit from the When he came to the tolbooth stair, posteritie, for the gude example; and therefore I There he let his volley flee: have thought gude to insert the same for a perpetual It made the King in his chamber start, memorie.
E'en'in the bed where he might be. Queen Anne, our noble princess, was servit with dyvers gentilwernen of hir awin cuntrie, and nayme
"Gae out, gae out, my merrymen a', lie with ane callit Mres Margaret Twynstoun,t
And bid Carmichael come speak to me; to whome this gentilman, Weymes of Logye, bure
For I'll lay my life the pledge o that, great honest affection, tending to the godlie band of
That yon's the shot o'young Logie.”— marriage, the whilk was honestlie requytet be the
When Carmichael came before the King, sadi gentilwoman, yea even in his greatest mister ; #
He felllow down upon his knee: for howsone she understude the said gentilman to be
The very first word that the King spake, in distress, and apperantlie be his confession to be
Was—" Where's the laird of young Logie ?”— puneist to the death, and she having prevelege to ly in the Queynis chalmer that same verie night of his Carmichael turn'd him round about, accusation, whare the King was also reposing that (I wot the tear blinded his ee) same night, she came furth of the dure prevelie, "There came a token frae your grace, bayth the prencis being then at quyet rest, and past Has ta'en away the laird frae me." (“It's up the Cowden bank,
called the Raid of the Reidsrire, was appointed captain of the And down the Cowden brae:
king's guard in 1588, and usually had the keeping of state crimi. And age she made the trumpet sound
nals of runk It's a weel won play.
[After stanza 2d, Mr. Motherwell inserts, from recitation, the O meikle was the blood was shed
"May Margaret sits in the Quecn's bouir
Kincking her fingers ane by ane ;
Cursing the day that she ere was bom, + Twynlace, according to Spottiswoode.
Or that ere she heard o' Logie's name.-P. 56.-ED.) 1 Miste-Necessity. Sir John Carmichael of Carmichael, the hero of the ballad | Redding kaim-Comb for the hair.
"Hast thou play'd me that, Carmichael ? A horrible picture of the same kind, dictated pro
And hast thou play'd me that?" quoth he; bably by the author's unhappy state of mind, is to "The morn the justice court's to stand, be found in Brooke's Fool of Quality. The dreamer, And Logie's place ye maun supplie.”
a ruined female, is suspended over the gulf of perdiCarmichael's awa to Margaret's bower,
tion by a single hair, which is severed by a demon, Even as fast as he may dree
who, in the form of her seducer, springs upwards
from the flames. "O if young Logie be within, Tell him to come and speak with me!"
The Russian funeral service, without any alle
gorical imagery, expresses the sentiment of the May Margaret turn'd her round about,
dirige in language alike simple and noble. "Hast (I wot a loud laugh laughed she,)
thou pitied the afflicted, o man? In death shalt "The egg is chipp'd, the bird is town,
thou be pitied. Hast thou consoled the orphan ? Ye'll see nae mair of young Logie.'
The orphan will deliver thee. Hast thou clothed
the naked? The naked will procure thee protecThe tane is shipped at the pier of Leith,
tion." -RICHARDSON's Ancrdotes of Russia. The tother at the Queen's Ferrie:
But the most minute description of the Brig o' And she's gotten a father to her bairn,
Dread occurs in the legend of Sir Owain, No. XL. The wanton laird of young Logie.
in the MS. Collection of Romances, W. 4. 1. Advocates Library, Edinburgh: though its position is
not the same as in the dirge, which may excite a A LYKE-WAKE DIRGE.
suspicion that the order of the stanzas in the latter
has been transposed. Sir Owain, a Northumbrian This is a sort of charm sung by the lower ranks knight, after many frightful adventures in St. Patof Roman Catholics in some parts of the north of rick's purgatory, at last arrives at the bridge, which, England, while watching a dead body, previous to in the legend, is placed betwixt purgatory and parainterment. The tune is doleful and monotonous, I dise: and, joined to the mysterious import of the words, has a solemn effect. The word sleet, in the chorus,
" The fendes han the knight ynome,
To a stinkand water thai ben ycome, seems to be corrupted from selt, or salt; a quantity
He no seigh never ert non swiche; of which, in compliance with a popular superstition,
It stank fouler than an hounde, is frequently placed on the breast of the corpse.
And inani mile it was to the grounde, The late Mr. Ritson found an illustration of this
And was as swart as piche. dirge in a MS. of the Cotton Library, containing an
“And Owain scigh ther ouer ligge account of Cleveland, in Yorkshire, in the reign of
A swithe strong naru brigge : Queen Elizabeth. It was kindly communicated to
The fendes reyd tho ;1 the Editor by Mr. Frank, Mr. Ritson's executor, and
Lo! Sir Knight, sestows this?
This is the brigge of paradis, runs thus:--" When any dieth, certaine women sing
Here over thou must go. a song to the dead bodie, recyiing the journey that the partye deceased must goe; and they are of be
11* And we thee schal with stones prowe, liefe (such is their fondnesse) that once in their
And the winde thee schal over blow,
And wirche thee full wo; lives, it is good to give a pair of new shoes to a poor
Thou no schalt for all this unduerd, man, for as much as, after this life, they are to pass
But gif thou fallo a midwerd, barefoot through a greate launde, full of thornes
To our fewesi mo. and furzen, except by the meryte of the almes afore
“* And when thou art adown yfalle, said they have redemed the forfeyte; for, at the
Than schal com our fclawes alle, edge of the launde, an oulde man shall meet them
And with her hokes thee hede; with the same shoes that were given by the partie
We schal thee teche a newe play: when he was lyving; and, after he hath shodde
Thou hast served us mani a day,
And into helle thee lede.' -them, dismisseth them to go through thick and thin, without scratch or scalle." - Julius, F. VI. 459.
"Owain biheld the brigge smert, The mythologic ideas of the dirge are common to
The water ther under blac and swert,
And sore him gan to drede ; various creeds. The Mahometan believes, that, in
For of othing** he tok yemo, it advancing to the final judgment-seat, he must tra
Never mot, in some beme, verse a bar of red-hot iron, stretched across a bot
Thicker than the fendes yede. 11 tomless gulf. The good works of each true believer,
“The brigge was as heigh as a tour, assuming, a substantial form, will then interpose
And as echarpe as a rasour, betwixt his feet and this “ Bridge of Dread;" but
And naru it was also ; the wicked having no such protection, must fall
And the water that ther ran under, headlong into the abyss.-D'HERBELOT, Bibliotheque
Brondo' lightning and of thonder,
That thocht him michel wo.
"Ther nis no clerk may write with ynke, found in Lady Culross's Dream, as quoted in the
No no man no may bethink,
Nono maister deuine ; second Dissertation prefixed by Mr. Pinkerton to
'Thnt is ymade forsooth ywis. his Select Scottish Ballads, 2 vols. The dreamer
Under the brigge of paradis, journeys towards heaven, accompanied and assisted
Halvendol the pine. by a celestial guide :
"So the dominical ou telle: “Through dreadful dens, which made my heart aghast,
Ther in the pure entre of helle.
Seine Poule berth witnesse :95 He bare me up when I began to tire.
Whoso fulleth of the brirxe adown, Sometimes we clamh o'rt par mountains high,
of him is no redempcioun, And itine's stay on ugly Di Nudi
Noither more nor lesse.
" 'The findes seyd to the knight tho, Through great deserts we wandered on our way
'Ouer this brigar might thou nowght go, Forwarl we passed on narrow bridge of trie,
Tot noneskine nede 10 O'er waters great, which he dously did mar,
Flee peril, sorwe, and wo,
And to that studenter thou com fro, Again, she supposes herself suspended over an
Wel fair we schal thee lede.'-infernal gulf:
"Owain aoon began bithenche, "Ere I was ware, uno stipp'd me at the last,
Fram hou mw of the tendes wrenche, And held me birth above flaming fire.
God hum saved hadde ; The fire was grat; the heat did pierce mo sore ;
He reti his fot upon the brigge, My faith grow weik; my grip was very small
No feid he no scharpe egge, i trembled fast; my fear krew more and more."
No nothing him no drad. * Ynome-took. + Seigh never er-saw never before. 11 Yelewent, I Tho-then. & Sestoro--see'st thou.
$$ The reader will probably search St. Paul in vain for the evi1 Feues-probably contracted for fellows. I Her-their. dence here referred to: ** Oching-one thing. 11 Yeme-aim; notice.
u No kind of necessity. TT Stede-dwelling.
"When the fendes y eigh tho,
minute detail as unnecessary, as it is always tedious That he was more than half ygo, Loude they gun to crio;
and unpoetical. * Allas! allas! that he was born!
The hero of the ballad was a knight of great This ich knight we have forlorn
bravery, called Scott, who is said to have resided at Out of our baylie.' "_*
Kirkhope, or Oakwood Castle, and is, in tradition, The author of the Legend of Sir Owain, though termed the Baron of Oakwood. The estate of a zealous Catholic, has embraced, in the fullest ex- Kirkhope belonged anciently to the Scotts of Hartent, the Talmudic doctrine of an earthly paradise, den: Oakwood is still their property, and has been distinct from the celestial abode of the just, and so from time immemorial. The Editor was thereserving as a place of initiation, preparatory to per- fore led to suppose, that the hero of the ballad might fect buss, and to the beatific vision.-See the Rabbi have been identified with John Scott, sixth son of Menasse ben Israel, in a treatise called Nishmath the Laird of Ilarden, murdered in Ettrick Forest by Chajim, i.e. The Breath of Life.t
his kinsmen, the Scotts of Gilmanscleugh. (See
noies to Jamie Telfer, ante.) This appeared the A LYKE-WAKE DIRGE.
more probable, as the common people always affirm
that this young man was treacherously slain, and This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
that, in evidence thereof, his body remained uncorEvery night and alle;
rupted for many years; so that even the roses on Fire and sleete, and candle lighte,
his shoes seemed as fresh as when he was first laid And Christe receive thye saule.
in the family vault at Hassendean. But from a pasWhen thou from hence away are paste,
sage in Nisbri's Heraldry, he now believes the ballad Every night and alle;
refers to a duel fought at Deucharswyre, of which To Whinny-muir thou comest at laste;
Annan's Treat is a part, betwixt John Scott of And Christe receive thye saule.
Tushielaw and his brother-in-law, Walter Scott,
third son of Robert of Thirlestane, in which the If ever thou gavest hosen and shoon,
latter was slain. Every night and alle;
In ploughing Annan's Treat, a huge monumental Sit thee down and put them on:
stone, with an inscription, was discovered; but beAnd Christe receive thye saule.
ing rather scratched than engraved, and the lines If hosen and shoon thou ne'er gavest nane,
being run through each other, it is only possible to
read one or two Latin words. It probably records Every night and alle;
the event of the combat. The person slain was the The whinnes shall pricke thee to the bare bane:
male ancestor of the present Lord Napier. And Christe receive thye saule.
Tradition affirms, that the hero of the song (be From Whinny-muir when thou mayst passe,
he who he may) was murdered by the brother, Every night and alle ;
either of his wife or betrothed bride. The alleged To Brigg o Dread thou comest at laste;
cause of malice was the lady's father having proAnd Christe receive thye saule.
posed to endow her with half of his property, upon her marriage with a warrior of such renown. The name of the murderer is said to have been Annan,
and the place of combat is still called Annan's (A stanza wanting.)
Treat. It is a low muir, on the banks of the Yar
row, lying to the west of Yarrow Kirk. Two tall From Brigg o' Dread when thou mayst passe,
unhewn masses of stone are erected, about eighty Every night and alle:
yards distant from each other; and the least child To purgatory fire thou comest at laste;
that can herd a cow, will tell the passenger, that And Christe receive thye saule.
there lie "the two lords, who were slain in single
combat." If ever thou gavest meat or drink,
It will be, with many readers, the greatest recomEvery night and alle;
mendation of these verses, that they are supposed The fire shall never make thee shrinke;
to have suggested to Mr. Hamilton of Bangour, the And Christe receive thye saule.
modern ballad, beginning, If meate or drink thou never gavest nane,
"Busk ye, busk ye, my bonny bonny bride."I Every night and alle;
A fragment, apparently regarding the story of the The fire will burn thee to the bare bane; following ballad, but in a different measure, occurs And Christe receive thye saule.
in Mr. Herd's MS., and runs thus :
“When I look east, my heart is sair, This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
But when I look west, it's mair and mair; Every night and alle;
For then I see the braes o' Yarrow, Fire and sleete and candle lighte,
And there, for aye, I lost my marrow." And Christe receive thye saule.
THE DOWIE DENS OF YARROW.
NOW FIRST PUBLISHED.
Tais ballad, which is a very great favourite
Late at e'en, drinking the wine, among the inhabitants of Ettrick Forest, is universally believed to be founded in fact. found it easy to collect a variety of copies; but very difficult
3 indeed to select from them such a collated edition, as might, in any degree, suit the taste of "these more light and giddy-paced times.".
Tradition places the event, recorded in the song, very early; and it is probable that the ballad was composed soon afterwards, although the language has been gradually modernized, in the course of its transmission to us, through the inaccurate channel
1 [It may now be added, that Hamilton's ballad, and the of oral tradition. The bard does not relate particu- scenery of the tragic tale, have inspired Mr. Wordsworth to two lars, but barely the striking outlines of a fact, appa- of his most exquisite poems-- Yarrow Unvisited," and " Yarrow rently so well known when he wrote, as to render Visited;" and that he has more lately immortalized an excursion
to the Yarrow, in which lie was accompanied by Sir Walter Scott, Beylie-jurisdiction.
only two days before Sir Walter left Scotland in September, 1831, ! [The reader is requested to compare this" Lykę-wake Dirge,” in a most affecting piece, not yet published, entitled, “Yarrow with the chant to the parting spirit in Guy Mannering.-ED.) Revisited."-ED.)
The DowIE DENS OF YARROW.* LATE at e'en, drinking the wine,
And ere they paid the lawing, They set a combat them between,
To fight it in the dawing. "O stay at hame, my noble lord,
O stay at hame, my marrow! My cruel brother will you betray
On the dowie houms of Yarrow.”"O fare we weel, my ladye gaye!
O fare ye yeel, my Sarah !
Frae the dowie banks o' Yarrow.
As oft she had done before, 0;
And he's away to Yarrow.
I wot he gaed with sorrow,
On the dowie houms of Yarrow. "O come ye here to part your land,
The bonnie Forest thorough?
On the dowie houms of Yarrow?". “I come not here to part my land,
And neither to beg nor borrow; I come to wield my noble brand,
On the bonnie banks of Yarrow. "If I see all, ye're nine to ane;
And that's an unequal marrow;
On the bonnie banks of Yarrow."
On the bloody braes of Yarrow,
And ran his body thorough.
And tell your sister Sarah,
He's sleepin sound on Yarrow.”-
I fear there will be sorrow!
Wi' my true love, on Yarrow.
From where my love repaireth, Convey a kiss from his dear mouth,
And tell me how he fareth! "But in the glen strive armed men;
They've wrought me dole and sorrow; • (Dowie-means melancholy :
"Meek loveliness is round thee spread,
A softness still and boly-
Yarroro Visited.] + (The Tennies is the name of a farm of the Duke of Buc cleuch's, a little below Yarrow Kirk.)
Good-brother-Beau-frere ; brother-in-law.