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LADY NAIRNE AND HER SONGS. 125
Dumfoundered they heard the blaw, the blaw ;
Dumfoundered they a' ran awa', awa',
From the hundred pipers an' a', an' a', Wi' a hundred pipers an' a', an' a', Wi' a hundred pipers an' a', an' a'. We '11 up an gie them a blaw, a blaw, Wi' a hundred pipers an' a', an' a'.
Burns, Hogg, and Lady Nairne all wrote songs to the beautiful air of Charlie is my Darling, embodying in each case the first verse of the unknown poet who originated the song. They are all beautiful, but the words of Lady Nairne have conquered in the popular ear, and taken final possession of the air.
CHARLIE IS MY DARLING.
*T was on a Monday morning,
Right early in the year, When Charlie cam' to our town, The young Chevalier.
Oh, Charlie is my darling, My darling, my darling, Oh, Charlie is my darling, The young Chevalier.
As he cam' marching up the street The pipes played loud an' clear,
An' a' the folks cam' running out To meet the Chevalier.
Wi' Hieland bonnets on their heads, An' claymores bright an' clear,