Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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214            THE BATTLE OP BALRINNES.
This bloody fecht wis fercely faucht Octobri's aught an' twinty day,
Crystis' fyfteen hundred thriscore yeir An' twa will merk thi deidlie fray.
But now the day maist waefu' came, That day the quine did grite her fill,
For Huntly's gallant stalwart son, Wis heidit on thi heidin hill.
Fyve noble Gordones wi' him hangit were
Upou thi samen fatal playne; Crule Murry gart thi waefu' quine hike out,
And see hir lover an* liges slayne.
I wis our quine had better frinds, I wis our country better peice;
I wis our lords wid na' discord, I wis our weirs at hame may eeise.
THE BATTLE OP BALRINNES,
(otherwise called the battle of glenlivet.)
When Philip the Second was preparing his Armada for the conquest of England, he spared no pains to induce James of Scotland to favor his enterprise. Elizabeth, on her part, Was not less active to secure the friendship of a neighbor, who, by opening or closing his ports, might do so much to assist or to counteract the projects of her enemy. James had the







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