Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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0 then bespake his little son,
As he sat on his nurse's knee, " If ever I live to be a man,                               95
My father's death reveng'd shall be."
JOHNIE ARMSTRANG. From Eamsay's Evergreen, ii. 190.
Sum speiks of lords, sum speiks of lairds, And sicklike men of hie degrie; *
Of a gentleman I sing a sang,
Sumtyme calld Laird of Gilnockie.
The King he wrytes a luving letter,                  r
With his ain hand sae tenderly, And he hath sent it to Johny Armstrang,
To cum and speik with him speidily.
The Elliots and Armstrangs did convene, They were a gallant company—                   10
" We'il ryde and meit our lawfull King, And bring him safe to Gilnockie.
" Make kinnen and capon ready, then,
And venison in great plenty ; We'il welcome hame our royal King;              15
I hope he'il dyne at Gilnockie!"