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318 THE BATTLE OP HAELAW.
" 0 was ye near Mac Donnell's men ?
Did ye their number see ? Come, tell to me, John Hielandman,
What might their numbers be ? " 20
" Yes, we was near, and near eneugh,
And we their number saw; There was fifty thousand Hielandmen,
A' marching to Harlaw."
" Gin that be true," said James the Koss, in
" We'll no come meikle speed; We'll cry upon our merry men,
And turn our horses' head."
" O na, O na!" says John the Grseme, " That thing maun never be; »
The gallant Graemes were never beat, We'll try what we can dee."
As I cam on, and further on,
And doun and by Harlaw, They fell fu' close on ilka side, as
Sic straiks ye never saw.
They fell fu' close on ilka side,
Sic straiks ye never saw; For ilka sword gaed clash for clash,
At the battle o' Harlaw. *)
The Hielandmen wi' their lang swords,
They laid on as fu' sair, And they drave back our merry men,
Three acres breadth and mair.