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THE BONNIE EARL O' MORAY
Traditional

    Ye Hielands and ye Lawlands,
O whaur hae ye been?
        They hae slain the Earl o' Moray,
    And laid him on the green.
        They hae slain the Earl o' Moray,
    And laid him on the green.

     Nou wae be to thee Huntly,
And wherefore did ye sae?
    I bade you bring him wi' you,
    But forbade you him to slay.
    I bade you bring him wi' you,
    But forbade you him to slay.

     He was a braw gallant,
   And he rade at the ring,
       And the bonnie Earl o' Moray,
        Oh! he micht have been a king.
        And the bonnie Earl o' Moray,
        Oh! he micht have been a king.

 He was a braw gallant,
    And he played at the ba',
       And the bonnie Earl o' Moray,
        Was the flower amang them a'.
        And the bonnie Earl o' Moray,
        Was the flower amang them a'.

     He was a braw gallant,
       And he played at the glove,
        And the bonnie Earl o' Moray,
           Oh! he was the Queen's true love.
        And the bonnie Earl o' Moray,
           Oh! he was the Queen's true love.

Footnote:  This song commemorates the murder of James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray, ‘The Bonnie Earl o Moray’, by George Gordon, 6th Earl of Huntly on 7 February 1592. James VI, King of Scots, forgave Huntly for his foul deed.

 

 


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