Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" But first you must come tell to me,             25
If friends or foes you be; I fear you are Montrose's men,
Come frae the north country.
" No, we are nane o' Montrose's men,
Nor e'er intend to be;                                   sd
I am Sir David Lesly,
That's speaking unto thee."
" If you're Sir David Lesly,
As I think weel ye be, I am sorry ye hae brought so few                 as
Into your company.
" There's fifteen thousand armed men
Encamped on yon lee; Ye'U never be a bite to them,
For aught that I can see.                            «
" But halve your men in equal parts,
Your purpose to fulfill; Let ae half keep the water side,
The rest gae round the hill.
" Your nether party fire must,                        45
Then beat a flying drum;
87. Montrose's forces amounted to twelve or fifteen hun­dred foot, and about a thousand cavalry. Lesly had five or six thousand men, mostly horse.