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“ Come, stately Niddrie, auld and true, Girt with the sword that Minden knew; We have o'er few such lairds as you –

Carle, now the King's come.
“King Arthur's grown a common crier,
He's heard in Fife and far Cantire,
• Fie, lads, behold my crest of fire!"

Carle, now the King's come!
“ Saint Abb róars out, •I see him pass,
Between Tantallon and the Bass !!
Calton, get out your keeking-glass,

Carle, now the King's come !!!
The Carline stopp'd: and, sure I am,
For very glee had ta'en a dwam,
But Oman help'd her to a dram.

Cogie, now the King's come !
Cogie, now the King's come!
Cogie, now the King's come!
I'se be fou', and ye's be toom,

Cogie, now the King's come !



A Hawick gill of mountain dew,
Heised up Auld Reekie's heart, I trow,
It minded her of Waterloo

Carle, now the King's come!

'[As seen from the west, the ridge of Arthur's Seat bears a marked resemblance to a lion couchant.] * {Mr. Oinan, landlord of the Waterloo Hotel.1 Empty.


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Again I heard her summons swell,
For, sic a dirdum and a yell,
It drown'd Saint Giles's jowing bell-

Carle, now the King's come !
My trusty Provost, tried and tight,
Stand forward for the Good Town's right,
There's waur than you been made a knight

Carle, now the King's come!
“ My reverend Clergy, look ye say
The best of thanksgivings ye ha'e,
And warstle for a sunny day-

Carle, now the King's come !
“My Doctors, look that you agree,
Cure a’ the town without a fee;
My Lawyers, dinna pike a plea-

Carle, now the King's come!
“Come forth each sturdy Burgher's bairn,
That dints on wood or clanks on airn,
That fires the o’en, or winds the pirn

Carle, now the King's come!
“ Come forward with the Blanket Blue,
Your sires were loyal men and true,
As Scotland's foemen oft might rue —

Carle, now the King's come!


[The Lord Provost had the agreeable surprise to hear his health proposed, at the civic banquet given to George IV. in the Parliament-House, as “Sir William Arbuthnot, Bart.”] ? ? [The Blue Blanket is the standard of the incorporated trades of Edinburgh, and is kept by their convenér, "at whose appearance therewith," observes Maitland, “ 't is said, that not only the

“Scots downa loup, and rin and rave
We're steady folks and something grave,
We'll keep the causeway firm and brave-

Carle, now the King's come!
“ Sir Thomas,' thunder from your rock,
Till Pentland dinnles wi’ the shock,
And lace wi' fire my snood o'smoke-

Carle, now the King's come!

• Melville, bring out your bands of blue, A' Louden lads, baith stout and true, With Elcho, Hope, and Cockburn, too_3

Carle, now the King's come!

artificers of Edinburgh are obliged to repair to it, but all the artificers or craftsmen within Scotland are bound to follow it, and fight under the convener of Edinburgh, as aforesaid." According to an old tradition, this standard was used in the Holy Wars by a body of crusading citizens of Edinburgh, and was the first that was planted on the walls of Jerusalem, when that city was stormed by the Christian army under the famous Godfrey. But the real history of it seems to be this:- James III., à prince who had virtues which the rude age in which he lived could not appreciate, having been detained for nine months in the Castle of Edinburgh by his factious nobles, was relieved by the citizens of Edinburgh, who assaulted the castle and took it by surprise, on which occasion, James presented the citizens with this banner, “ with a power to display the same in defence of their King, country, and their own rights.”—— Note to this stanza in the “ Account of the King's Visit,” &c. 8vo. 1822.]

*[Sir Thomas Bradford, then Commander of the Forces in Scotland.]

* Edinburgh Castle.

• [Lord Melville was Colonel of the Mid-Lothian Yeomanry Cavalry: Sir John Hope of Pinkie, Bart., Major ; and Robert Cockburn, Esq., and Lord Elcho, were Captains in the same corps, to which Sir Walter Scott had formerly belonged.]


“ And you, who on yon bluidy braes Compelld the vanquish'd Despot's praise, Rank out-rank out-my gallant Greys

Carle, now the King's come !

“ Cock of the North, my Huntly bra', Where are you with the Forty-twa ? ' Ah! waes my heart that ye're awa'

Carle, now the King's come!

“But yonder come my canty Celts,
With durk and pistols at their belts,
Thank God, we've still some plaids and kilts -

Carle, now the King's come!

“Lord, how the pibrochs groan and yell! Macdonnell 's 3 ta'en the field himsell, Macleod comes branking o'er the fell

Carle, now the King's come!

Bend up your bow cach Archer spark, For you're to guard him light and dark; Faith, lads, for ance ye've hit the mark

Carle, now the King's come!


* [The Scots Greys, headed by their gallant Colonel, General Sir James Steuart of Coltness, Bart., were on duty at Edinburgh during the King's visit. Bonaparte's exclamation at Waterloo is well known: “Ces beaux chevaux gris, comme ils travaillent!"]

* Marquis of Huntly, now duke of Gordon, Colonel of the 422 regiment.

8 [The late Colonel Ronaldson Macdonnell of Glengarry --who died in January, 1828.]

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“ Young Errol, take the sword of state,
The sceptre, Panie-Morarchate;?
Knight Mareschal, see ye clear the gate-

Carle, now the King's come!
“ Kind cummer, Leith, ye've been mis-set,
But dinna be upon the fret-
Ye 'se hae the handsel of him yet,

Carle, now the King 's come!

“My daughters, come with een sae blue, Your garlands weave, your blossoms strew; He ne'er saw fairer flowers than you

Carle, now the King's come!

“ What shall we do for the propine We used to offer something fine,



*[The Earl of Errol is hereditary Lord High-Constable of Scotland.]

* [In more correct Gaelic orthography, Banamhorar-Chat, or the Great Lady, (literally Female Lord) of the Chatte ; the Celt ic title of the Countess of Sutherland. “Evin unto this day, the countrey of Sutherland is yet called Cattey, the inhabitants Cat teigh, and the Erle of Southerland, Morweir Cattey, in old Scottish or Irish; which language the inhabitants of this country doe still use." GORDON's Genealogical History of the Earls of Sunderland, p. 18.

It was determined by his Majesty, that the right of carrying the sceptre lay with this noble family; and Lord Francis Leveson Gower, second son of the Countess (now Duchess) of Sutherland, was permitted to act as deputy for his mother in that honourable office. After obtaining his Majesty's permission to depart for Dunrobin Castle, his place was supplied by the Honourable John M. Stuart, second son of the Earl of Moray.]

*[The Author's friend and relation, the late Sir Alexander Keith, of Dunottar and Ravelstone.]

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