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The Brampton Girl's Fear

words H Falconer, tune Greenoaken

In our green lonnin', a' the lang day
Kye hev been lowin', dowie and wae
Eerily lowin' a' the day lang
Sair it misgi'es me, something is wrang

It was at Lammas Jamie set sail
how the wind whistled, wow sic a wail
Sadly we parted, ne'er a word since
And he loved Charlie, bold bonnie Prince

In the owd ruin, aince was a kirk
Sweetly we trysted, just before mirk
Till through the window, ruined lang syne
Stars keeked and tented his love and mine

Aye to be faithful, faithful till death
Leal to each other to our last breath
O but our heart filled, werena we fain?
Would I might clasp thee, Jamie, again

Wakin' at midnight, lonesome I weep
Were but my heart light, sound would I sleep
Sadly we parted, ne'er a word since
O hev they grupped him, true to his Prince?

In our green lonnin', a' the lang day
Kye hev been lowin', dowie and wae
Eerily lowin' a' the day lang
Sair it misgi'es me, something is wrang.

Another poem from Falconer's Merrie Carlisle And Poems Of Tradition. It's set at the time of the second Jacobite uprising, and put in the mouth of a Brampton girl whose paramour has chosen to follow the Jacobite cause. Brampton has a significant place in the history of the uprising. Charles Stuart lodged there on his march to London, and there accepted the keys of Carlisle, which his forces had just occupied. We supplied a tune.

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