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THE DUKE OF GORDON'S DAUGHTER
XIII
' If this be for bonny Jeanie Gordon,
This penance I can take wi'; If this be for dear Jeanie Gordon,
All this and mair will I dree.'
XIV
Lady Jeanie had not been married
A year but only three, Till she had a babe upon every arm
And another upon her knee.
xv ' O but I'm weary of wand'rin'!
O but my fortune is bad! It sets not the Duke of Gordon's daughter
To follow a soldier lad.
XVI
w O but I'm weary, weary wand'rin' \
O but I think it lang ! It sets not the Duke of Gordon's daughter
To follow a single man.
XVII
' O hold thy tongue, Jeanie Gordon,
O hold thy tongue, my lamb ! For once I was a noble captain,
Now for thy sake a single man.'
XVIII
But when they came to the Highland hills,
Cold was the frost and snow; Lady Jean's shoes they were all torn,
No farther could she go.
dree] endure.
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