- The king he sits in Dumferling, Drinking the blude reid wine: O ‘O where will I get a gude sailor, That’l sail the ships o mine?’ O
- Up then started a yallow-haird man, Just be the kings right knee: ‘Sir Patrick Spence is the best sailor That ever saild the see.’
- Then the king he wrote a lang letter, And sealld it with his hand, And sent it to Sir Patrick Spence, That was lyand at Leith Sands.
- When Patrick lookd the letter on, He gae loud laughters three; But afore he wan to the end of it The teir blindit his ee.
- ‘O wha is this has tald the king, Has tald the king o me? Gif I but wist the man it war, Hanged should he be.
- ‘Come eat and drink, my merry men all, For our ships maun sail the morn; Bla’d wind, bla’d weet, bla’d sna or sleet, Our ships maun sail the morn.’
- ‘Alake and alas now, good master, For I fear a deidly storm; For I saw the new moon late yestreen, And the auld moon in her arms.’
- They had not saild upon the sea A league but merely three, When ugly, ugly were the jaws That rowd unto their knee.
- They had not saild upon the sea A league but merely nine, When wind and weit and snaw and sleit Came blawing them behind.
- ‘Then where will I get a pretty boy Will take my steer in hand, Till I go up to my tap-mast, And see gif I see dry land?’
- ‘Here am I, a pretty boy That’l take your steir in hand, Till you go up to your tap-mast, And see an you see the land.’
- Laith, laith were our Scottich lords To weit their coal-black shoon; But yet ere a’ the play was playd, They wat their hats aboon.
- Laith, laith war our Scottish lords To weit their coal-black hair; But yet ere a’ the play was playd, They wat it every hair.
- The water at St Johnston’s wall Was fifty fathom deep, And there ly a’ our Scottish lords, Sir Patrick at their feet.
- Lang, lang may our ladies wait Wi the tear blinding their ee, Afore they see Sir Patrick’s ships Come sailing oer the sea.
- Lang, lang may our ladies wait, Wi their babies in their hands, Afore they see Sir Patrick Spence Come sailing to Leith Sands.
No: 58; variant: 58B
Source: Herd's MSS., II, 27, I, 49.