Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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120          THE BONNT EARL OF MUKEAT.
the murderer, out of jealousy for the favor with which the bonny earl was regarded by the Queen.
The ballad of Young Waters (vol. iii. p. 89) has, without convincing reasons, been supposed to be founded on the story of the Earl of Murray.
The first of the two pieces which follow is from Kamsay's Tea-Table Miscellany. The second, which may perhaps be a part of the same ballad, was first printed in Finlay's collection.
Ye Highlands, and ye Lawlands,
0 where have you been ? They have slain the Earl of Murray,
And they laid him on the green.
" Now wae be to thee, Huntly!
And wherefore did you sae ? I bade you bring him wi' you,
But forbade you him to slay."
He was a braw gallant,
And he rid at the ring; And the bonny Earl of Murray,
O he might hae been a king.
He was a braw gallant,
And he play'd at the ba'; And the bonny Earl of Murray
Was the flower amang them a'.







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