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And when we left the Staneshaw-bank,
The wind began full loud to blaw ; no
But 'twas wind and weet, and fire and sleet, When we came beneath the castle wa'.
We crept on knees, and held our breath, Till we placed the ladders against the wa';
And sae ready was Buccleuch himsell ns
To mount the first before us a'.
He has ta'en the watchman by the throat, He flung him down upon the lead—
" Had there not been peace between our lands, Upon the other side thou hadst gaed! ia>
" Now sound out, trumpets ! " quo' Buccleuch ;
" Let's waken Lord Scroope right merrilie ! " Then loud the warden's trumpet blew—
0 who, dare meddle wH me ?
Then speedilie to wark we gaed, i»
And raised the slogan ane and a', And cut a hole through a sheet of lead,
And so we wan to the castle ha'.
They thought King James and a' his men
Had won the house wi' bow and spear; m
It was but twenty Scots and ten, That put a thousand in sic a stear!
124. The name of a Border tune.—S.