Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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172              THE LABS OF WAMPHRAY.
And when they cam to the Biddes-burn, The Crichtons bade them stand and turn; And when they cam to the Biddes-strand,            a
The Crichtons they were hard at hand.
But when they cam to the Biddes-law, The Johnstones bade them stand and draw; " We've done nae ill, we'll thole nae wrang, But back to "Wamphray we will gang."                w
And out spoke Willie of the Kirkhill, " Of fighting, lads, ye'se hae your fill;" And from his horse Willie he lap, And a burnish'd brand in his hand he gat..
Out through the Crichtons Willie he ran,             os
And dang them down baith horse and man;
0 but the Johnstones were wondrous rude, When the Biddes-burn ran three days blood!
" Now, sirs, we have done a noble deed,—
We have revenged the Galliard's bleid;               *o
For every finger of the Galliard's hand,
1 vow this day I've kill'd a man."
were retreating to their fastnesses in Annandale. The Bid­des-burn, where the skirmish took place betwixt the John­stones and their pursuers, is a rivulet which takes its course among the mountains on the confines of Nithesdale and Au-uandale.—S.