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LORD THOMAS STUART.
From Maidment's North Oountrie Garland, p. 1.
Thomas Stuaht was a lord,
A lord of mickle land ; He used to wear a coat of gold,
But now his grave is green.
Now he has wooed the young countess, «
The Countess of Balquhin, An' given her for a morning gift,
Strathboggie and Aboyne.
But women's wit is aye willful,
Alas! that ever it was sae ; 10
She longed to see the morning gift
That her gude lord to her gae.
When steeds were saddled an' weel bridled,
An' ready for to ride, There came a pain on that gude lord, ■ is
His back, likewise his side.
He said, " Ride on, my lady fair,
May goodness be your guide ; For I'm sae sick an' weary that
No farther can I ride." ' 20