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THE BATTLE OF PHILIPHAUGH. 131
But Sir John did swear, he came not there To be kill'd the very first man-a.
.To cure his fear, he was sent' to the rere,
Some ten miles back, and more-a; Where he did play at tre trip for hay, as
And ne'er saw the enemy more-a.
But now there is peace, he's returned to increase His money, which lately he spent-a;
But his lost honor must still lye in the dust; At Barwick away it went-a. *>
THE BATTLE OP PHILIPHAUGH.
From Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, ii. 177.
By a rapid series of extraordinary victories, (see The Haws of Cromdale, and The Battle of Alford in the Appendix,) Montrose had subdued Scotland to the royal arms, from the Grampians to Edinburgh. After taking possession of the capital, he marched forward to the frontiers, with the intention of completing the subjugation of the southern provinces, and even of leading his wild array into England to the support of King Charles. Having traversed the Border, and strengthened his army (greatly diminished by the departure of the Irish and many of the Highlanders) with some small reinforcements, Montrose encamped on the 12th of September, 1645, at Philiphaugh, a large plain,