Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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THE GALLANT GRAHAMS.                139
To wear the blue I think it best,                         o
Of all the colours that I see; And I'll wear it for the gallant Grahams,
That are banished from their countrie.
I have no gold, I have no land,
I have no pearl nor precious stane;              ">
But I wald sell my silken snood,
To see the gallant Grahams come hame.
In Wallace days, when they began,
Sir John the Graham did bear the gree
Through all the lands of Scotland wide: is He was a lord of the south countrie.
And so was seen full many a time;
For the summer flowers did never spring, But every Graham, in armour bright,
Would then appear before the king.              a>
They were all drest in armour sheen, Upon the pleasant banks of Tay;
6. About the time when Montrose first occupied Aber­deen (1639) the Covenanters began to wear a blue ribbon, first as a scarf, afterwards in bunches in their caps. Hence the phrase of a true blue Whig. The blue ribbon was one of " Montrose's whimsies," and seems to have been retained by his followers (see v. 50) after he had left the Covenanters for the king.
14. The faithful friend and adherent of the immortal Wallace, slain at the battle of Falkirk. S.