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VII. PATRIOTIC AND POLITICAL 247
Then up sprang Bess o' Annandale, And a deadly aith she's ta'en,
That she wad vote the Border knight, Tho1 she should vote her lane.
For far-off fowls hae feathers fair, And fools o' change are fain;
But I hae tried the Border knight, And I'll try him yet again.
Then Whisky Jean spak owre her drink :
1 Ye weel ken, kimmers a', The auld gudeman o' London court,
His back's been at the wa' :
And monie a friend that kiss'd his caup Is now a fremit wight; But it's ne'er be sae wi' Whisky Jean I'll send the Border knight.'
Says Black Joan frae Crichton Peel, A carlin stoor and grim :
'The auld gudeman, or the young gudeman, For me may sink or swim ;
1 For fools will prate o' right or wrang, While knaves laugh them to scorn ;
But the Soger's friends hae blawn the best, So he shall bear the horn.'
Then slow raise Marjory o'the Lochs, And wrinkled was her brow,
Her ancient weed was russet grey, Her auld Scots bluid was true ;
1 There's some great folk set light by me,
I set as light by them ; But I will send to London Town
Wham I like best at hame.'
Sae how this sturt and strife may end,
Nae mortal wight can tell: God grant the king, and ilka man,
May look weel to himsel!
No. 268. You're welcome to despots\ Dumourier ?
Tune : Robin Adair (see No. 45).
You're welcome to despots, Dumourier ; You're welcome to despots, Dumourier;
How does Dampiere do?
Ay, and Bournonville too? Why did they not come along with you, Dumourier ?
I will fight France with you, Dumourier; I will fight France with you, Dumourier;
I will fight France with you,
I will take my chance with you, By my soul, I'll dance with you, Dumourier!
Then let us fight about, Dumourier; Then let us fight about, Dumourier ;
Then let us fight about,
Till Freedom's spark be out, Then we'll be damn'd, no doubt, Dumourier.