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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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Lord Maxwell's Last Goodnight
' ADIEU, madame, my mother dear, But and my sisters three ! Adieu, fair Robert of Orchardstane ! My heart is wae for thee.
II ' Adieu, the lily and the rose,
The primrose fair to see; Adieu, my ladye, and only joy !
For I may not stay with thee.
in ' Though I hae slain the Lord Johnstone,
What care I for their feid ? My noble mind does still inclineŚ
He was my father's deid.
IV
' Both night and day I labour'd oft
Of him avenged to be ; But now I've got what lang I sought
And I may not stay with thee.
v ' Adieu ! Drumlanrig, false wert aye,
And Closeburn in a band ! The Laird of Lag, frae my father that fled,
When the Johnstone struck aff his hand.
my father's deid] the death oi my father.
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