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168 THE LADS OF WAMPHRAY.
Then he tuik aff a gay gold ring,
Thereat hang signets three: so
" Hae, tak thee that, mine ain dear thing,
And still hae mind o' me: But if thou take another lord,
Ere I come ower the sea-— His life is but a three days' lease, ss
Though I may not stay wi' thee."
The wind was fair, the ship was clear,
That good lord went away; And most part of his friends were there,
To give him a fair convey. «
They drank the wine, they didna spair,
Even in that gude lord's sight— Sae now he's o'er the floods sae gray, .
And Lord Maxwell has ta'en his Goodnight.
THE LADS OF WAMPHRAY
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, ii. 148.
" The reader will find, prefixed to the foregoing ballad, an account of the noted feud betwixt the families of Maxwell and Johnstone. The following song celebrates the skirmish, in 1593, betwixt the Johnstones and Crichtons, which led to the revival of the ancient quarrel betwixt Johnstone and Maxwell, and finally to the battle of DryfFe Sands, in which