Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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264 TJP AND WAR THEM A.', WILLIE.
W. But Scotland has not much to say,
For such a fight as this is, Where baith did fight, baith run away; The devil take the miss is
That every officer was not slain That run that day, and was not ta'en, Either flying from or to Dumblain; When Whig and Tory, in their 'fury,' Strove for glory, to our sorrow, The sad story
Hush
UP AND WAR THEM A', WILLIE. See p. 156.
From Herd's Scotish Songs, ii. 234. The same in Ritson's Scotish Songs, ii. 73. Burns furnished a somewhat different version to Johnson's Museum (p. 195, also in Cromek's Select Scoiish Songs, ii. 29), which he obtained from one Tom Neil, a carpenter in Edinburgh, who was famous for his singing of Scottish songs. The title and burden to this version is Up and warn a', Willie, an allusion, says Burns, to the crantara, or warning of a Highland clan to arms, which the Lowlanders, not understanding, have cor­rupted. There is another copy in Hogg's Jacobite Relics, ii. 18, which is nearly the same as the fol­lowing.
When the Earl of Mar first raised his standard, and proclaimed the Chevalier, the ornamental ball on the top of the staff fell off, and the superstitious High-