Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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THE BATTLE OF TEANENT-MUIR. 167
"A traitor! a traitor! " says my lord,
" A traitor! how can that be ? An it be nae for the keeping five thousand men,
To fight for King Jamie.                                      <o
" 0 all you lords and knights in fair London town,
Come out and see me die; 0 all you lords and knights in fair London town,
Be kind to my ladie.
" There's fifty pounds in my right pocket,            «
Divide it to the poor; There's other fifty in my left pocket,
Divide it from door to door."
THE BATTLE OF TRANENT-MUIR, OR OP PRESTON-PANS.
Herd's Scottish Songs, i. 166: Ritaon's Scolisk Songs, ii. 76.
This ballad is the work of Adam Skirving, a clever and opulent farmer, father of Archibald Skirving, the portrait painter. It was printed shortly after the battle as a broadside, and next appeared in The Charmer, vol. ii. p. 349, Edinb. 1751. Neither of those editions contains the eleventh stanza. The foot-notes commonly attached to the subsequent re-







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