The bonnie Earl of Murray
Language: English  after the English 
Ye Hielands and ye Lawlands,
O whare hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl of Murray,
And laid him on the green.

He was a braw gallant
When he rade at the ring;
O the bonnie Earl of Murray
He might hae been a king.

O lang may the ladies
Look frae the Castle down,
Ere they see the Earl of Murray
Come riding thro' the town.

Now wae be to ye, Huntley
And wharefore did ye sae?
I bade you to take him,
But forbade you him to slay.

He was a braw gallant
When he rode at the gluve;
O the bonnie Earl of Murray
He was the Queen's luve.

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  • Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by Benjamin Britten.
  • 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.

Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe

This text was added to the website: 2004-06-28
Line count: 20
Word count: 113