The Scottish Songs Volume 1

The Scottish Songs Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ... 45. MACPHERSON'S FAREWELL. BURNS. Tune--Macplterioifs Rant. Fareweil, ye prisons dark and strong, The wretch's destinie! Macpherson's time will not be long On yonder gallows tree. Sae rantingly, sae wantonly, Sae dantonly gaed he, He play'd a spring, and danced it round, Beneath the gallows tree! Oh, what is death, but parting breath? On mony a bluidy plain I've daur'd his face, and in this place I scorn him yet again. Untie these bands frae aff my hands, And bring to me my sword; And there's nae man in a' Scotland But I'll brave him at a word. I've lived a life of stnrt and strife; I die by treacherie: It burns my heart I must depart, And not avenged be. Now fareweil, light, thou sunshine bright, And all beneath the sky! May coward shame distain his name, The wretch that dares not die! The story of Macpherson ii thus detailed by a person signing himself B. G., New Monthly Magazine, vol. I. p. 142: --" James Macpherson was born of a beautiful gipsy, who, at a great wedding, attracted the notice of a half-intoxicated Highland gentleman. lie acknowledged the child, and had him reared in his house, until he lost his life in bravely pursuing a hostile clan, to recover a spreach of cattle taken from Badenoch. The gipsy woman, hearing of this disaster, in her rambles the following summer, came and took away her boy; but she often returned with him, to wait upon his relations and clansmen, who never failed to clothe him well, besides giving money to his mother. He grew up to beauty, strength, and stature, rarely equalled. His sword is still preserved at Duff House, a residence of the Earl of Fife, and few men of our day could carry, far less wield it, as a weapon of war; and if it must be owned that his prowess was MACPHERSON'S RANT. I've spent my...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236634845
  • 9781236634849