No: 7; variant: 7A
- OH did ye ever hear o brave Earl Bran?
Ay lally, o lilly lally
He courted the king’s daughter of fair England.
All i the night sae early
- She was scarcely fifteen years of age
Till sae boldly she came to his bedside.
- ‘O Earl Bran, fain wad I see
A pack of hounds let loose on the lea.’
- ‘O lady, I have no steeds but one,
And thou shalt ride, and I will run.’
- ‘O Earl Bran, my father has two,
And thou shall have the best o them a.’
- They have ridden oer moss and moor,
And they met neither rich nor poor.
- Until they met with old Carl Hood;
He comes for ill, but never for good.
- ‘Earl Bran, if ye love me,
Seize this old carl, and gar him die.’
- ‘O lady fair, it wad be sair,
To slay an old man that has grey hair.
- ‘O lady fair, I’ll no do sae;
I’ll gie him a pound, and let him gae.’
- ‘O where hae ye ridden this lee lang day?
Or where hae ye stolen this lady away?’
- ‘I have not ridden this lee lang day.
Nor yet have I stolen this lady away.
- ‘She is my only, my sick sister,
Whom I have brought from Winchester.’
- ‘If she be sick, and like to dead,
Why wears she the ribbon sae red?
- ‘If she be sick, and like to die,
Then why wears she the gold on high?’
- When he came to his lady’s gate,
Sae rudely as he rapped at it.
- ‘O where’s the lady o this ha?’
‘She’s out with her maids to play at the ba.
- ‘Ha, ha, ha! ye are a’ mistaen:
Gae count your maidens oer again.
- ‘I saw her far beyond the moor,
Away to be the Earl o Bran’s whore.’
- The father armed fifteen of his best men,
To bring his daughter back again.
- Oer her left shoulder the lady looked then:
‘O Earl Bran, we both are tane.’
- ‘If they come on me ane by ane,
Ye may stand by and see them slain.
- ‘But if they come on me one and all,
Ye may stand by and see me fall.’
- They have come on him ane by ane,
And he has killed them all but ane.
- And that ane came behind his back,
And he’s gien him a deadly whack.
- But for a’ sae wounded as Earl Bran was,
He has set his lady on her horse.
- They rode till they came to the water o Doune,
And then he alighted to wash his wounds.
- ‘O Earl Bran, I see your heart’s blood!’
‘Tis but the gleat o my scarlet hood.’
- They rode till they came to his mother’s gate,
And sae rudely as he rapped at it.
- ‘O my son’s slain, my son’s put down,
And a’ for the sake of an English loun.’
- ‘O say not sae, my dear mother,
But marry her to my youngest brother.
- ‘This has not been the death o ane,
But it’s been that of fair seventeen.’