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Wide waves the eagle plume,
Blended with heather.
Forward each man set!
Knell for the onset!
AIR -" Cha teid mis a chaoidh."
WRITTEN FOR ALBYN'S ANTHOLOGY, (1816.) ?
In the original Gaelic, the Lady makes protestations that she will not go
with the Red Earl's son, until the swan should build in the cliff, and the eagle in the lake until one mountain should change places with another, and so forth. It is but fair to add, that there is no authority for supposing that she altered her mind - except the vehemence of her protestation.
'I will never go with him.”
III. “ The swan,” she said, “the lake's clear breast May barter for the eagle's nest ; The Awe's fierce stream may backward turn, Ben-Cruaichan fall, and crush Kilchurn; Our kilted clans, when blood is high, Before their foes may turn and fly; But I, were all these marvels done, Would never wed the Earlie's son."
Still in the water-lily's shade
-She's wedded to the Earlie's son!
AIR :-“ Thain' a Grigalach." !
WRITTEN FOR ALBYNS ANTHOLOGY. (1816.]
These verses are adapted to a very wild, yet lively gathering-tune,
used by the MacGregors. The severe treatment of this Clan, their outlawry, and the proscription of their very name, are alluded to in the Ballad."
The moon 's on the lake, and the mist's on the brae,
Then gather, gather, gather Grigalach !
Our signal for fight, that from monarchs we drew,
Then haloo, Grigalach! þaloo, Grigalach !
Glen Orchy's proud mountains, Coalchuirn and her
We're landless, landless, landless, Grigalach!
1. The MacGregor is come.”
' [For the history of the clan, see Introduction to Rob Roy – Waverley Novels, vol. vii.]
But doom'd and devoted by vassal and lord,
Then courage, courage, courage, Grigalach!
If they rob us of name, and pursue us with beagles, Give their roofs to the flame, and their flesh to the
While there's leaves in the forest, and foam on the
Come then, Grigalach, come then, Grigalach,
Through the depths of Loch Katrine the steed shall
Then gather, gather, gather, Grigalach!
[“ Rob Roy MacGregor's own designation was of Innersnaid; but he appears to have acquired a right of some kind or other to the property or possession of Craig Royston, a domain of rock and forest, lying on the east side of Loch Lomond, where that beautiful lake stretches into the dusky mountains of Glenfalloch." - Introduction to Rob Roy, Waverley Novels, vol. vii. p. 31.]
DONALD CAIRD'S COME AGAIN.
AIR — “ Malcolm Caird's come again.” ?
Donald Caird's come again!
Donald Caird can lilt and sing,
Donald Caird's come again !
Donald Caird can wire a maukin,
*[Written for Albyn's Anthology, vol. ii., 1818, and set to music in Mr. Thomson's Collection, in 1822.]
· Caird signifies Tinker.