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166 lord maxwell's goodnight.
brought to trial at Edinburgh, and beheaded on the 21st of May, 1613. We may naturally suppose that the Goodnight was composed shortly after Lord Maxwell fled across the seas, certainly before 1613.
This ballad was first printed in the Border Miri' slrelsy " from a copy in Glenriddel's MSS., with some slight variations from tradition."
"Adieu, madame, my mother dear,
But and my sisters three ! Adieu, fair Robert of Orchardstane !
My heart is wae for thee. Adieu, the lily and the rose, *
The primrose fair to see ! Adieu, my ladye, and only joy !
For I may not stay with thee.
" Though I hae slain the Lord Johnstone,
What care I for their feid ? io
My noble mind their wrath disdains,—
He was my father's deid. Both night and day I labour'd oft
Of him avenged to be ; But now I've got what lang I sought, u
And I may not stay with thee.
"Adieu, Drumlanrig! false wert aye—
And Closeburn in a band ! The Laird of Lag, frae my father that fled,
When the Johnston struck aff his hand! a>