Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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BONNY JOHN SBTON.
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lieutenant for the King. The murder and pillage perpetrated in the town by the Irish after the defeat of Lord Burleigh, in 1644, have been made the sub­ject of violent reproach by his enemies, but it may perhaps be said, that for all that exceeded the usual horrors of war, the heroic commander was not respon­sible. In Buchan's version of the present ballad, the clemency shown by Montrose on taking possession of the city in 1639 is commemorated in three stanzas worthy of preservation. The Covenanters were " re­solved to have sacked it orderly."
Out it speeks the gallant Montrose,
(Grace on his fair body!) " We winna burn the bonny burgh,
We'll even lat it be."
Then out it speaks the gallant Montrose,
" Your purpose I will break; We winna burn the bonny burgh,
We'll never build its make.
i " I see the women and their children
Climbing the craigs sae hie; We'll sleep this night.in the bonny burgh,
And even lat it be."
Upon the eighteenth day of June,
A dreary day to see, The Southern lords did pitch their camp
Just at the bridge of Dee. Bonny John Seton of Pitmeddin,
A bold baron was he,







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