Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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THE BATTLE OF HARLAW.               317
Traditionary Version, from Aytoun's Scottish Ballads, i. 75.
" I am indebted to the kindness of Lady John Scott for the following extremely spirited ballad, which was taken down some years ago in Aberdeenshire, where it is still very popular. It is sung to a beautiful air, with the following refrain to each stanza:
" Wt a drie, drie, dredidronilie drie."
As I cam in by Garioch land,
And doun by Netherha', There was fifty thousand Hielandmen,
A' marching to Harlaw.
As I cam on, and further on,                                    5
And doun and by Balquhaim, O there I met Sir James the Ross,
Wi' him Sir John the Graeme.
" O cam ye frae the Highlands, man ?
O cam ye a' the way ?                                          10
Saw ye Mac Donnell and his men,
As they cam frae the Skye ? "
" Yes, we cam frae the Highlands, man,
And we cam a' the way, And we saw Mac Donnell and his men,               m
As they cam in frae Skye."

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