Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Zesterday, withouten moir, Upone ane hill at Strathdonne."
Then I, as any man wold be,
Desyrous for to know Mair of that taill he told to me,
The quhilk he said he sawe— Be then the day began to daw,
And back with him I red; Then he began the soothe to schaw,
And on this wayis he said.
Macallenmore cam from the wast
With many a bow and brand; To wast the Rinnes he thought best,
The Earll of Huntlies land. He swore that none should him gainestand,
Except that he war fay; Bot all sould be at his comand
That dwelt be northen Tay.
Then Huntlie, for to prevent that perrill, Directit hastilie
" I saw three lords in battle fight
Eight furiously awhile, Huntlie and Errol, as they hight,
Were both against Argyle. Turn back with me and ride a mile,
And I shall make it kend, How they began, the form and stile,
And of the battles end."
Jamieson. 86. landis.