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Short poem

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Jock of Hazeldean

              1"Why weep ye by the tide, ladie?
              2      Why weep ye by the tide?
              3I'll wed ye to my youngest son,
              4      And ye sall be his bride:
              5And ye sall be his bride, ladie,
              6      Sae comely to be seen"--
              7But aye she loot the tears down fa'
              8      For Jock of Hazeldean.

              9"Now let this wilful grief be done,
            10      And dry that cheek so pale;
            11Young Frank is chief of Errington,
            12      And lord of Langley-dale;
            13His step is first in peaceful ha',
            14      His sword in battle keen"--
            15But aye she loot the tears down fa'
            16      For Jock of Hazeldean.

            17"A chain of gold ye sall not lack,
            18      Nor braid to bind your hair;
            19Nor mettled hound, nor managed hawk,
            20      Nor palfrey fresh and fair;
            21And you, the foremost o' them a',
            22      Shall ride our forest queen"--
            23But aye she loot the tears down fa'
            24      For Jock of Hazeldean.

            25The kirk was deck'd at morning-tide,
            26      The tapers glimmer'd fair;
            27The priest and bridegroom wait the bride,
            28      And dame and knight are there.
            29They sought her baith by bower and ha';
            30      The ladie was not seen!
            31She's o'er the Border and awa'
            32      Wi' Jock of Hazeldean.


1] The first stanza of this song is ancient. The others were written for Alexander Campbell's Albyn's Anthology (1816).

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Alexander Campbell, Albyn's Anthology (Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1816-18). F-10 727 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1816
RPO poem editor: P. F. Morgan
RP edition: 3RP 2.425.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/3

Rhyme: ababcdcd

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