Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" 0 hold your hand," then Monmouth cry'd, " If onything you'll do for me %                      k>
Hold up your hand, you cursed Graeme, Else a rebel to our king ye'll be."
Then wicked Claver'se turn'd about,
I wot an angry man was he; And he has lifted up his hat,                              a
And cry'd, " God bless his Majesty!"
Than he's awa' to London town,
Aye e'en as fast as he can dree; Fause witnesses he has wi' him ta'en,
And ta'en Monmouth's head frae his body, so
Alang the brae, beyond the brig,
Mony brave man lies cauld and still;
But lang we'll mind, and sair we'll rue, The bloody battle of Bothwell Hill.
This battle was fought on the evening of the 27th of July, 1689, a little to the north of the pass of Kil-liecrankie, in the Highlands of Perthshire, between King William's army under General Mackay, and a body of Highlanders under the renowned Claverhouse,