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might be expected, ifwritten immediately Wha saw his interest was but slight; after the event. Dr Laing in his Early And therefore answered with disdain. Metrical Tales says, an edition, printed
He hasted hame baith day and night, in 1668, was in the curious library of old And sent nae bodword' back again. Robert Myln. The only edition now known is that preserved in Ramsay's Evergreen.
But Donald, right impatient
Of that answer Duke Robert gave,
He vowed to God omnipotent, Frae Dunidier as I came through,
All the hale? lands of Ross to have, Down by the hill of Banochie,
Or else be graithit 3 in his grave. Alangst the lands of Garioch,
He would not quat his right for nought, Great pity was to hear and see
Nor be abused like a slave ; The noise and dulesome harmonie, That bargain should be dearly bought. (That ever that dreary day did daw!")
Cryin' the coronach? on hie, Alas, alas, for the Harlaw !
“ Then hastily he did command
That all his weir-men 4 should convene;
Ilk ane weel harnessèd frae hand, I marvelled what the matter meant ;
To meet and hear what he did mean. All folks were in a fiery-farie:3
He waxed wroth and vowed tein ;5 I wist not wha was fae or friend,
Swearin' he would surprise the North, Yet quietly I did me carrie.
Subdue the burgh of Aberdeen, But since the days of auld King Harrie Mearns, Angus, and all Fyfe to Forth. Sic slaughter was not heard nor seen ;
And there I had nae time to tarrie, For business in Aberdeen.
“Thus with the weir-men of the Isles, III.
Wha were aye at his bidding bown'; Thus as I walkit on the way,
With money made, with force and wiles, To Inverury as I went,
Right far and near, baith up and down; I met a man, and bade him stay,
Through mount and muir, frae town to
town, Requesting him to make me 'quaint Of the beginning and the event
Alangst the lands of Ross he roars, That happened there at the Harlaw ;
And all obeyed at his bandown, Then he entreated me tak tent, 4
Even frae the north to southern shores. And he the truth should to me schaw.
“Then all the countrie-men did yield, “Great Donald of the Isles did claim For nae resistance durst they mak',
Unto the lands of Ross some right, Nor offer battle in the field, And to the Governour he came,
By force of arms to bear him back. Them for to have, gif that he might,
1 Threatening message.
4 War-men. i Dawn. 3 Bustle and confusion. 2 Whole.
5 Revenge. 2 Dirge, lament. 4 To take heed.
3 Dressed, made ready.
But they resolved all, and spak',
They should him for their chieftain tak',
And down the side of Don right far,
To fight, or' Donald came sae nar?
" And thus the martial Earl of Mar
Marched with his men in right array ;
Before his enemy was aware,
His banner boldly did display ;
For weel enough they kenned the way,
And all their semblance weel they saw ;
Withouten danger or delay,
Come hastily to the Harlaw.
“ With him the brave Lord Ogilvy,
Of Angus sheriff principal ;
The vanguard led before them all ;
Suppose in number they were small,
They first right boldly did pursue,
And made their faes before them fall,
And promised them rewards enow,3
“And then the worthy Lord Saltoun, XI.
The strong undoubted Laird of Drum,
The stalwart Laird of Lawriestoun,
With ilk their forces all and some ;
Panmure, with all his men, did come ;
The Provost of brave Aberdeen,
With trumpets and with tuck of drum,
“These with the Earl of Mar came on,
In the rear-ward right orderly,
Their enemies to set upon ;
In awful manner, hardily,
Together vowed to live and dee,
For to suppress the tyranny
* Ere, before.
7 Doubtful. ? Unequally sounding. 8 Jesting. 3 Hold possession of. 9 Sorrowful, doleful. 4 Yield, bend. 5 Each, every 6 Body, carcass.
10 Make. II Lost.
1 Truthful report.
3 Struck down.
This amusing piece of ancient satiric When they were 'sembled all and some ; humour has been preserved in the
To praise him we should not be dumb, Bannatyne Manuscript. A reference For valour, wit, and worthiness ;
to Chaucer's “ Tale of the Nun's Priest," To end his days he there did come,
shows it to have been written after that Whose ransom is remediless.
poet's time. Dr Laing assigns it to the
beginning of the fifteenth century, and XXIX.
says, “It seems at least to have been “And there the Knight of Lawriestoun Was slain into his armour scheen;
very popular considerably anterior to the And good Sir Robert Davidson,
age of Douglas and Dunbar," as it is reWha Provost 4 was of Aberdeen ;
ferred to by both these poets. It is
also alluded to in the burlesque poem, · Prepared, sent.
3 The clan Robertson.
also preserved in the Bannatyne MS. greatly added to the grotesque humour entitled “Ane Interlude of the Laying of of the satiric burlesque. a Gaist ; " indeed, “ Cockelbie's Sow" and “Cockelbie's Feast" appear to have become proverbial references of a jocu
[Modernized in spelling, but verbally lar sort. Extracts from it were first
unaltered.] published by Dr Leyden, in his Disser. When royalist, most redoubted, and high tation on the Complaint of Scotland, Magnificat crowned kings, in majesty ; where he observes that it throws much Princes, dukes, and marquises curious ; light on the manners and rustic festivi- Earlis, baronis, and knightis chivalrous ; ties of the Scottish peasantry, during a And gentlemen of high genealogy, very early period ; but it was first As scutiferais, and squires, full courtly published entire by Dr Laing, in 1822. Are assembled, and set in a royal se ;' The Bannatyne MS. copy is the only with named folk of high nobility; one that has been preserved ; yet another Their talk, that time, in table honourable, noted in the contents of the Auchin- Before lordings and ladies amiable,
Is oft, singing and saws of solace ; leck MS., although the text, along with
Where melody is the mirthful maistrace ; other curious matter, has been abstracted
Ermy deeds in auld dayis done before ; from that valuable relic.
Chroniclis, gestis, stories, and much To the literary antiquary it is of great interest, from its having preserved Minstralis among musicianis merely ; the names of airs, dances, and songs To have heartis in heavenly harmony. which are now unknown, at least by So seems it well, that soothly so, were their ancient names, although it is pos- aye. sible that some of them may exist under What is the world without pleasance or other names.
play Of its author nothing whatever is But passionale.3 Then let us make some known; yet it is evident from the
sport face that he must have been a well- And recreation, the company to comfort. educated man, and accustomed to good After some remarks upon the manner society-possibly a churchman.
and object of story-telling, the author Although the list of disreputable and proceeds to bespeak the company's unsavoury professions (here mostly indulgence for the following invention omitted) which grace the harlot's feast, of his " fantasy," which he professes to can hardly be thought to have any have made for meaning beyond the obvious one of filling up the coarse but ludicrous ideal Some solacing to glaid this company. of such a banquet with appropriate But for God's love and his Apostle Peter,
Pardon the foolish face of this mad metre. guests, yet it is probable that the names
Sen the sentence to feill4 is fantastic, given to the pigs and the fowls may have conveyed some sly allusions to
* Seat; castle or palace. 3 A state of suffering. local personages, which would have 2 Mirthful stories. 4 Understand.