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III War
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PRINCE CHARLIE
(The Bonnie House o' Airlie, Child, No. 199)
Stanzas i and 2 of the Michigan text are not found in any of the Child versions (IV, 54-60) of this ballad. Stanzas 3 and 5 are most similar to 4 and 8 of Child B, and stanza 4 of the Michigan text most closely resembles stanza 4 in Child C. For other texts of this ballad which do not contain any stanzas similar to 1 and 2 of the Michigan form see Barry, Eckstorm, and Smyth, pp. 266-269; Cox, pp. 128-129; Fuson, pp. 123-125, and Ord, p. 470. For a text of twelve stanzas with stanzas 10 and 12 somewhat similar to 1 and 2 of the Michigan text see Ford (Second Series, 1901), pp. 167-169 Ford notes that "No Scottish song or ballad has had a more lively vagabond career" than this ballad, which describes a historical incident.
The present version was sung in 1935 by Mrs Frank Gamsby, Saranac; as a girl she learned the song from her sister, who had memorized it from hearing it sung by a boy from Scotland.
1    "What loo is that," quoth the brave Lor' Heel, "That rises this morning sae airlie?
By the God oŁ me kin, 'tis the brave Ogilvie And me ain bonnie hame o' Airlie.
2    "Draw your swords, draw your swords," quoth the
brave Lor' Heel. "And sheath your swords," cried Charlie,
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