Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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120                   THE FKAY OF SUPOKT.
But I hae another wile for that:
For I hae little Will, and Stalwart Wat,
And lang Aicky, in the Souter Moor,
Wi' his sleuth-dog sits in his watch right sure, ea
Shou'd the dog gie a bark,
He'll be out in his sark,
And die or won.
Fy, lads ! shout a' a' a' a' a',
My gear's a' ta'en.                                     es
Ha ! boys!—I see a party appearing—wha's yon ? Methinks it's the Captain of Bewcastle, and
Jephtha's John, Coming down by the foul steps of Catlowdie's
loan: They'll make a' sicker, come which way they will.
Ha, lads ! shout a' a' a' a' a',                  90
My gear's a' ta'en.
Captain Musgrave, and a' his band, Are coming down by the Siller-strand,
87-8. According to the late Glenriddel's notes on this ballad, the office of Captain Bewcastle was held by the chief of the Nixons. Catlowdie is a small village in Cum­berland, near the junction of the Esk and Liddel.—S.
92. This was probably the famous Captain Jack Musgrave, who had charge of the watch along the Cryssop, or Kershope, as appears from the order of the watches appointed by Lord Wharton, when Deputy-Warden-General, in the 6th Edward VI.—S.