Ye Hielands and ye Lowlands, O where hae ye been? Thay hae slain the Earl o' Moray, And laid him on the green. He was a braw gallant And he rade at the ring; And the bonnie Earl o' Moray He might have been a king. O lang will his Lady Look frae the Castle Doune, Ere she see the Earl o' Moray Come soundin' thru' the toon . . . O wae tae ye, Huntley, And wherefore did ye sae? I bade ye bring him wi' you And forbade ye him to slay. He was a braw gallant And he played at the glove; And the bonnie Earl o' Moray He was the Queen's love.
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- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "The bonny Earl o' Moray" [sung text checked 1 time]
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- 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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