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228          THE DUKE OP ATHOL'S NURSE.
THE DUKE OF ATHOL'S NURSE.
From Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, ii. 23. Annexed is a less perfect copy from Kinloch's col­lection. A fragment of this piece is printed in Cro-mek's Select Scottish Songs by R. Burns, (ii. 196,) with some stanzas of Willy's drowned in Yarrow, (vol. ii. p. 181, of this collection.) Mr. Aytoun has made up a very good ballad from several copies ; Ballads of Scot­land, 2, 236.
As I gaed in yon greenwood side,
I heard a fair maid singing; Her voice was sweet, she sang sae complete,
That all the woods were ringing.
" O I'm the Duke o' Athole's nurse,                        s
My post is well becoming; But I wou'd gie a' my half-year's fee,
For ae sight o' my leman."
" Ye say, ye're the Duke o' Athole's nurse,
Your post is well becoming;                                10
Keep well, keep well your half-year's fee, Ye'se hae twa sights o' your leman."
He lean'd him ower his saddle bow,
And cannilie kiss'd his dearie; " Ohon, and alake ! anither has my heart,             is
And I darena mair come near thee !"
" Ohon, and alake! if anither hae your heart, These words hae fairly undone me;







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