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THE BATTLE OF PHILIPHAtTGH. 135
And then they'll think the day's their ain, And frae the trench they'll come
" Then, those that are behind them, maun Gie shot, baith grit and sma';
And so, between your armies twa, Ye may make them to fa'."
" 0 were ye ever a soldier ?"
Sir David Lesly said; " 0 yes; I was at Solway Flow,
"Where we were all betray'd.
" Again I was at curst Dunbar,
And was a pris'ner ta'en; And many weary night and day
In prison I hae lien."
" If ye will lead these men aright,
Rewarded shall ye be; But, if that ye a traitor prove,
I'll hang thee on a tree."
" Sir, I will not a traitor prove ; Montrose has plunder'd me ;
55. It is a strange anachronism, to make this aged father state himself to have been at the battle of Solway Flow, which was fought a hundred years before Philiphaugh; and a still stranger, to mention that of Dunbar, which did n<St take place till five years after Montrose's defeat. S.







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