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194A: The Laird of Wariston

 194A.1	 DOWN by yon garden green
 	 Sae merrily as she gaes;
 	 She has twa weel-made feet,
 	 And she trips upon her taes.
 194A.2	 She has twa weel-made feet,
 	 Far better is her hand;
 	 She’s as jimp in the middle
 	 As ony willow-wand.
 194A.3	 ‘Gif ye will do my bidding,
 	 At my bidding for to be,
 	 It’s I will make you lady
 	 Of a’ the lands you see.’
 	 * * * * *
 194A.4	 He spak a word in jest;
 	 Her answer wasna good;
 	 He threw a plate at her face,
 	 Made it a’ gush out o blood.
 194A.5	 She wasna frae her chamber
 	 A step but barely three,
 	 When up and at her richt hand
 	 There stood Man’s Enemy.
 194A.6	 ‘Gif ye will do my bidding,
 	 At my bidding for to be,
 	 I’ll learn you a wile
 	 Avenged for to be.’
 194A.7	 The Foul Thief knotted the tether,
 	 She lifted his head on hie,
 	 The nourice drew the knot
 	 That gard lord Waristoun die.
 194A.8	 Then word is gane to Leith,
 	 Also to Edinburgh town,
 	 That the lady had killd the laird,
 	 The laird o Waristoun.
 	 * * * * *
 194A.9	 ‘Tak aff, tak aff my hood,
 	 But lat my petticoat be;
 	 Put my mantle oer my head,
 	 For the fire I downa see.
 194A.10	 ‘Now, a’ ye gentle maids,
 	 Tak warning now by me,
 	 And never marry ane
 	 But wha pleases your ee.
 194A.11	 ‘For he married me for love,
 	 But I married him for fee;
 	 And sae brak out the feud
 	 That gard my dearie die.’

194B: The Laird of Wariston

 194B.1	 IT was at dinner as they sat,
 	 And whan they drank the wine,
 	 How happy war the laird and lady
 	 Of bonnie Wariston!
 194B.2	 The lady spak but ae word,
 	 The matter to conclude;
 	 The laird strak her on the mouth,
 	 Till she spat out o blude.
 194B.3	 She did not know the way
 	 Her mind to satisfy,
 	 Till evil cam in to [her] head
 	 All by the Enemy.
 194B.4	 ‘At evening when ye sit,
 	 And whan ye drink the wine,
 	 See that ye fill the glass weill up
 	 To the laird o Wariston.’
 194B.5	 So at table whan they sat,
 	 And whan they drank the wine,
 	 She made the glass aft gae round
 	 To the laird o Wariston.
 194B.6	 The nurice she knet the knot,
 	 And O she knet it sicker!
 	 The lady did gie it a twig,
 	 Till it began to wicker.
 194B.7	 But word’s gane doun to Leith,
 	 And up to Embro toun,
 	 That the lady she has slain the laird,
 	 The laird o Waristoun.
 194B.8	 Word has gane to her father, the grit Dunipace,
 	 And an angry man was he;
 	 Cries, Gar mak a barrel o pikes,
 	 And row her down some lea!
 194B.9	 She said, Wae be to ye, Wariston,
 	 I wish ye may sink for sin!
 	 For I have been your wife
 	 These nine years, running ten;
 	 And I never loved ye sae well
 	 As now whan ye’re lying slain.
 194B.10	 ‘But tak aff this gowd brocade,
 	 And let my petticoat stay,
 	 And tie a handkerchief round my face,
 	 That the people may not see.’

194C: The Laird of Wariston

 194C.1	 ‘MY mother was an ill woman,
 	 In fifteen years she marrid me;
 	 I hadna wit to guide a man,
 	 Alas! ill counsel guided me.
 194C.2	 ‘O Warriston, O Warriston,
 	 I wish that ye may sink for sin!
 	 I was but bare fifteen years auld,
 	 Whan first I enterd your yates within.
 194C.3	 ‘I hadna been a month married,
 	 Till my gude lord went to the sea;
 	 I bare a bairn ere he came hame,
 	 And set it on the nourice knee.
 194C.4	 ‘But it fell ance upon a day,
 	 That my gude lord returnd from sea;
 	 Then I did dress in the best array,
 	 As blythe as ony bird on tree.
 194C.5	 ‘I took my young son in my arms,
 	 Likewise my nourice me forebye,
 	 And I went down to yon shore-side,
 	 My gude lord’s vessel I might spy.
 194C.6	 ‘My lord he stood upon the deck,
 	 I wyte he haild me courteouslie:
 	 Ye are thrice welcome, my lady gay,
 	 Whae’s aught that bairn on your knee?’
 194C.7	 She turnd her right and round about,
 	 Says, ‘Why take ye sic dreads o me?
 	 Alas! I was too young married,
 	 To love another man but thee.’
 194C.8	 ‘Now hold your tongue, my lady gay,
 	 Nae mair falsehoods ye’ll tell to me;
 	 This bonny bairn is not mine,
 	 You’ve loved another while I was on sea.’
 194C.9	 In discontent then hame she went,
 	 And aye the tear did blin her ee;
 	 Says, Of this wretch I’ll be revenged
 	 For these harsh words he’s said to me.
 194C.10	 She’s counselld wi her father’s steward
 	 What way she coud revenged be;
 	 Bad was the counsel then he gave,
 	 It was to gar her gude lord dee.
 194C.11	 The nourice took the deed in hand,
 	 I wat she was well paid her fee;
 	 She kiest the knot, and the loop she ran,
 	 Which soon did gar this young lord dee.
 194C.12	 His brtother lay in a room hard by,
 	 Alas! that night he slept too soun;
 	 But then he wakend wi a cry,
 	 ‘I fear my brother’s putten down.
 194C.13	 ‘O get me coal and candle light,
 	 And get me some gude companie;’
 	 But before the light was brought,
 	 Warriston he was gart dee.
 194C.14	 They’ve taen the lady and fause nourice,
 	 In prison strong they hae them boun;
 	 The nourice she was hard o heart,
 	 But the bonny lady fell in swoon.
 194C.15	 In it came her brother dear,
 	 And aye a sorry man was he:
 	 ‘I woud gie a’ the lands I heir,
 	 O bonny Jean, to borrow thee.’
 194C.16	 ‘O borrow me, brother, borrow me?
 	 O borrowd shall I never be;
 	 For I gart kill my ain gude lord,
 	 And life is nae pleasure to me.’
 194C.17	 In it came her mother dear,
 	 I wyte a sorry woman was she:
 	 ‘I woud gie my white monie and gowd,
 	 O bonny Jean, to borrow thee.’
 194C.18	 ‘Borrow me, mother, borrow me?
 	 O borrowd shall I never be;
 	 For I gart kill my ain gude lord,
 	 And life’s now nae pleasure to me.’
 194C.19	 Then in ti came her father dear,
 	 I wyte a sorry man was he;
 	 Says, ‘Ohon, alas! my bonny Jean,
 	 If I had you at hame wi me!
 194C.20	 Seven daughters I hae left at hame,
 	 As fair women as fair can be;
 	 But I woud gie them ane by ane,
 	 O bonny Jean, to borrow thee.’
 194C.21	 ‘O borrow me, father, borrow me?
 	 O borrowd shall I never be;
 	 I that is worthy o the death,
 	 It is but right that I shoud dee.’
 194C.22	 Then out is speaks the king himsell,
 	 And aye as he steps in the fleer;
 	 Says, ‘I grant you your life, lady,
 	 Because you are of tender year.’
 194C.23	 ‘A boon, a boon, my liege the king,
 	 The boon I ask, ye’ll grant to me;’
 	 ‘Ask on, ask on, my bonny Jean,
 	 Whateer ye ask it’s granted be.’
 194C.24	 ‘Cause take me out at night, at night,
 	 Lat not the sun upon me shine,
 	 And take me to yon heading-hill,
 	 Strike aff this dowie head o mine.
 194C.25	 ‘Ye’ll take me out at night, at night,
 	 When there are nane to gaze and see,
 	 And hae me to yon heading-hill,
 	 And ye’ll gar head me speedilie.’
 194C.26	 They’ve taen her out at nine at night,
 	 Loot not the sun upon her shine,
 	 And had her to yon heading-hill,
 	 And headed her baith neat and fine.
 194C.27	 Then out it speaks the king himsell,
 	 I wyte a sorry man was he:
 	 ‘I’ve travelld east, I’ve travelld west,
 	 And sailed far beyond the sea,
 	 But I never saw a woman’s face
 	 I was sae sorry to see dee.
 194C.28	 ‘But Warriston was sair to blame,
 	 For slighting o his lady so;
 	 He had the wyte o his ain death,
 	 And bonny lady’s overthrow.’

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