Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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And trumpet Maclean, whose breeks were not clean, Through misfortune he happen'd to fa', man;
By saving his neck, his trumpet did break, a And came off without music at a', man. And we ran, fyc.
So there such a race was as ne'er in that place was, And as little chace was at a', man;
From each other they run without touk of drum, They did not make use of a paw, man. eo And we ran, SfC.
[Whether we ran, or they ran, or we wan, or they wan, Or if there was winning at a', man, There no man can tell, save our brave genarell, "Who first began running of a', man. And we ran, tyc.
Wi' the Earl o' Seaforth, and the Cock o' the North;                                                             
But Florence ran fastest of a', man, Save the laird o' Phinaven, who sware to be even W any general or peer o' them a', man.] And we ran, §c.
could not fight against the Earl of Mar, consistent with his conscience, nor could he oppose the Duke of Argyle, without forfeiting the protection of a powerful friend.
93. This point is made at the expense of a contradiction. See v. 27.
95-7. The Cock of the North is an honorary popular title of the Duke of Gordon. Carnegy of Finhaven.