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Derwentwater's Farewell

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Derwentwater's Farewell

Farewell to pleasant Dilston Hall,
    My father's ancient seat,
A stranger now must call thee his,
   Which gars my heart to greet.
Farewell each friendly, well-known face,
    Mg heart has held so dear,
My tenants now must leave their lands
    Or hold their lives in fear.

No more along the banks of Tyne
   I'll rove in autumn gray,
No more I'll hear at early dawn
    The lav'rocks wake the day,
Then fare thee well, brave Witherington,
   And Forster, ever true,
Dear Shaftesbury and Errington
   Receive my last adieu.

And fare thee well, George Collingwood,
     Since fate has put us down,
If thou and I have lost our lives
     Our King has lost his crown.
Farewell, farewell, my lady dear,
     Ill, ill, thou counsel'dst me;
I never more may see the babe
     That smiles upon thy knee.

And fare thee well, my bonny gray steed,
     That carried me aye so free;
I wish I had been asleep in my bed
     Last time I mounted thee.
The warning bell now bids me cease,
     My trouble's nearly o'er,
Yon sun that rises from the sea
     Shall rise on me no more.

Albeit that, here in London town
     It is my fate to die,
Oh! carry me to Northumberland,
     In my father's grave to lie.
There chant my solemn requiem
     In Hexham's holy towers;
And let six maids from fair Tynedale
     Scatter my grave with flowers.

And when the head that wears the crown
     Shall be laid low like mine,
Some honest hearts may then lament
     For Radcliffe's fallen line.
Farewell to pleasant Dilston Hall,
     My father's ancient seat,
A stranger now must call thee his,
     Which gars my heart to greet.

From Northumbrian Minstrelsy, Bruce and Stokoe
Child #208
Note: James, Earl of Derwentwater, was beheaded in 1716 for his
     part in the 1715 rebellion. RG
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