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And Willie hecht' to marry me

Gin e'er he married ony.

O gentle wind, that bloweth south,

From where my Love repaireth,
Convey a kiss frae his dear mouth

And tell me how he fareth !

O tell sweet Willie to come doun

And hear the mavis singing,
And see the birds on ilka bush

And leaves around them hinging.

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The lav'rock there, wi' her white breast

And gentle throat sae narrow;
There's sport eneuch for gentlemen

On Leader haughs' and Yarrow.

"O Leader haughs are wide and braid

And Yarrow haughs are bonny;
There Willie hecht to marry me

If e'er he married ony.

' But Willie's gone, whom I thought on,

And does not hear me weeping;
Draws many a tear frae true love's e'e

When other maids are sleeping.

'Yestreen I made my bed fu' braid,

The night I'll mak’ it narrow,
For a' the live-lang winter night

I lie twined o' my marrow."

“O came ye by yon water-side ?

Pou'd you the rose or lily?
Or came you by yon meadow green,

Or saw you my sweet Willie?' ? Promised.

3 Meadows by a river. Separated from my mate.

2 Lark.

She sought him up, she sought him down,

She sought him braid and narrow;
Syne, in the cleaving of a craig,

She found him drown'd in Yarrow !

JOHN LOGAN

[1748-1788]

303.

THE BRAES OF YARROW

Thy braes were bonny, Yarrow stream,
When first on them I met my lover;
Thy braes how dreary, Yarrow stream,
When now thy waves his body cover!
For ever now, O Yarrow stream!
Thou art to me a stream of sorrow;
For never on thy banks shall I
Behold my Love, the flower of Yarrow.

He promised me a milk-white steed
To bear me to his father's bowers;
He promised me a little page
To squire me to his father's towers;
He promised me a wedding-ring -
The wedding-day was fix'd to-morrow ;-
Now he is wedded to his grave,
Alas, his watery grave, in Yarrow !

Sweet were his words when last we met;
My passion I as freely told him;
Clasp'd in his arms, I little thought
That I should never more behold him!
Scarce was he gone, I saw his ghost;
It vanish'd with a shriek of sorrow;
Thrice did the water-wraith ascend,
And gave a doleful groan thro’ Yarrow.

His mother from the window look'd
With all the longing of a mother;

His little sister weeping walk'd
The green-wood path to meet her brother;
They sought him east, they sought him west,
They sought him all the forest thorough;
They only saw the cloud of night,
They only heard the roar of Yarrow.

No longer from thy window look-
Thou hast no son, thou tender mother!
No longer walk, thou lovely maid;
Alas, thou hast no more a brother!
No longer seek him east or west
And search no more the forest thorough;
For, wandering in the night so dark,
He fell a lifeless corpse in Yarrow.

The tear shall never leave my cheek,
No other youth shall be my marrow-
I'll seek thy body in the stream,
And then with thee I'll sleep in Yarrow.
-The tear did never leave her cheek,
No other youth became her marrow;
She found his body in the stream,
And now with him she sleeps in Yarrow.

HENRY FIELDING

(1707-1754)

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A HUNTING SONG

THE dusky night rides down the sky,

And ushers in the morn;
The hounds all join in glorious cry,
The huntsman winds his horn,

And a-hunting we will go.

The wife around her husband throws

Her arms, and begs his stay;

My dear, it rains, and hails, and snows,
You will not hunt to-day?'

But a-hunting we will go.

' A brushing fox in yonder wood

Secure to find we seek:
For why? I carried, sound and good,
A cartload there last week,

And a-hunting we will go.'
Away he goes, he flies the rout,

Their steeds all spur and switch,
Some are thrown in, and some thrown out,
And some thrown in the ditch;

But a-hunting we will go.

At length his strength to faintness worn,

Poor Reynard ceases flight;
Then, hungry, homeward we return,
To feast away the night.

Then a-drinking we will go.

CHARLES DIBDIN

[1745-1814]

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Tom BOWLING

HERE, a sheer hulk, lies poor Tom Bowling,

The darling of our crew;
No more he'll hear the tempest howling,

For Death has broached him to.
His form was of the manliest beauty,

His heart was kind and soft;
Faithful below he did his duty,

And now he's gone aloft.

Tom never from his word departed,

His virtues were so rare;
His friends were many and true-hearted,

His Poll was kind and fair:

And then he'd sing so blithe and jolly

Ah, many's the time and oft!
But mirth is turned to melancholy,
For Tom is gone

aloft.

Yet shall poor Tom find pleasant weather,

When He, who all commands,
Shall give, to call Life's crew together,

The word to 'pipe all hands.'
Thus Death, who kings and tars dispatches,

In vain Tom's life has doffed;
For though his body's under hatches,

His soul is gone aloft.

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SAMUEL JOHNSON

[1709-1784]
ON THE DEATH OF DR. ROBERT LEVET
CONDEMN'D to Hope's delusive mine,

As on we toil from day to day,
By sudden blasts or slow decline

Our social comforts drop away.

Well tried through many a varying year,

See Levet to the grave descend,
Officious, innocent, sincere,

Of every friendless name the friend.

Yet still he fills affection's eye,

Obscurely wise and coarsely kind;
Nor, letter'd arrogance, deny

Thy praise to merit unrefined.

When fainting nature called for aid,

And hovering death prepared the blow, His vigorous remedy display'd

The power of art without the show.

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