Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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166 lord maxwell's goodnight.
brought to trial at Edinburgh, and beheaded on the 21st of May, 1613. We may naturally suppose that the Goodnight was composed shortly after Lord Max­well fled across the seas, certainly before 1613.
This ballad was first printed in the Border Miri' slrelsy " from a copy in Glenriddel's MSS., with some slight variations from tradition."
"Adieu, madame, my mother dear,
But and my sisters three ! Adieu, fair Robert of Orchardstane !
My heart is wae for thee. Adieu, the lily and the rose,                                    *
The primrose fair to see ! Adieu, my ladye, and only joy !
For I may not stay with thee.
" Though I hae slain the Lord Johnstone,
What care I for their feid ?                                io
My noble mind their wrath disdains,—
He was my father's deid. Both night and day I labour'd oft
Of him avenged to be ; But now I've got what lang I sought,                   u
And I may not stay with thee.
"Adieu, Drumlanrig! false wert aye—
And Closeburn in a band ! The Laird of Lag, frae my father that fled,
When the Johnston struck aff his hand! a>