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JOHN THOMSON AND THE TURK.
From Motherwell's Minstrelsy, Appendix, p. ix. The same in Buchan's collection, ii. 169.
John Thomson fought against the Turks
Three years, intill a far eountrie; And all that time, and something mair,
Was absent from his gay ladie.
But it fell ance upon a time, t
As this young chieftain sat alane, He spied his lady in rich array,
As she walk'd ower a rural plain.
" What brought ye here, my lady gay,
So far awa from your ain countrie ? 10
I've thought lang, and very lang, And all for your fair face to see."
For some days she did with him stay,
Till it fell ance upon a day, " Fareweel, for a time," she said, 15
" For now I must boun hame away."