The Outlaw Murray
No: 305; variant: 305C
- ‘GAE fetch to me James Pringle wi hast,
An see that he come speedilie,
For he maun on to Ettrick forest,
An see whae pays yon men meat and fee.’
- When James Pringle cam down oer Birkendalee,
The hawks war yellin right loudlie,
The hunds war rinnin oer hill and dale,
As the bugle-horn soundit bonnilie.
- ‘Gae tell yer king this land’s my ain,
An to thir men I pay meat and fee;
I took it thrae the Souden Turk,
When nae sic cuckold king might be.
- ‘Sae as I wan, sae will I lose,
Spite o the kings in Christendie;
I never was a king’s subject,
Nor a king’s subject will I ever be.’
- ‘Outlaw Murray says yon land’s his ain,
And to yon men he pays meat and fee;
He took it frae the Souden Turk,
When you and your men durstna come and see.’
- It was than the king he gat up in hast,
An wow an angrie man was he!
‘I’se either be king o Ettrick forest,
Or king o Scotland sal he be.
- ‘Gar warn me Fife an a’ Lothian land,
An Perth an Angus, to ride wi me,
For gin we war five thousan strang
Master and mair I fear he’ll be.’
- When the king came oer be Birkendalee,
He spy’d the forest wi his ee;
There war daes an raes an monie wild beast,
An a castle stannin right bonnilie.
- An in that caslte a unicorn,
An, waly, but they war fair to see!
A warlike knight and a lady bright,
An the green halleen aboon her bree.
- An Outlaw Murray an his merry men
War a’ rankit up i the Newark lee,
Well mountit on a milk-white steed;
Waly, he rankit them bonnilie!
- His men war a clad oer wi green,
An he was clad i the taffatie,
Wi belt an pistle by his side;
O waly, but they war fair to see!
- ‘Haliday young an Halliday auld,
Ye ir the men that man ride wi me;
But gin we war five hunder strang
Master an mair I fear they’ll be.’
- ‘Philliphaugh it is my ain,
An Newark it belangs to me;
Lewinshope an Hanginshaw
Nae mortal man can claim thrae me.’
- It was than James Boyd got up in hast,
An to his merry men a’ spak he;
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