The Bonny Earl of Murray
Language: English 
Ye Highlands, and ye Lowlands,
    Oh where have you been?
They have slain the Earl of Murray,
    And they layd him on the green.

“Now wae be to thee, Huntly!
    And wherefore did you sae?
I bade you bring him wi’ you,
    But forbade you him to slay.”

He was a braw gallant,
    And he rid at the ring;
And the bonny Earl of Murray,
    Oh he might have been a king!

He was a braw gallant,
    And he play’d at the ba’;
And the bonny Earl of Murray
    Was the flower amang them a’.
 
He was a braw gallant,
    And he play’d at the glove;
And the bonny Earl of Murray,
    Oh he was the Queen’s love!
 
Oh lang will his lady
    Look o’er the Castle Down,
E’er she see the Earl of Murray
    Come sounding thro the town!

Confirmed with The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes, New York: Warner Library Co., 1917.


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  • Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by Benjamin Britten.
  • Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by Ivor Gurney.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803) , "Murray's Ermordung", subtitle: "Schottisch", first published 1778-79 ; composed by Johannes Brahms.

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