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STAY, MY CHARMER, &c.
AIR.-AN GILLE DUBH CIRR DHUBH.
Stay, my charmer, can you leave me?
Cruel charmer, can you go!
of lovers slighted; Do not, do not leave me so ! Do not, do not leave me so !
THICKEST NIGHT O’ERHANG, &c.
I. Thickest night o'erhang my dwelling:
Howling tempests o'er me rave ! Turbid torrents, wintry swelling,
Still surround my lonely cave !
Busy haunts of base mankind,
Suit not my distracted mind.
Wrongs injurious to redress,
But the heavens deny'd success.
IV. Ruin's wheel has driven o'er us,
Not a hope that dare attend, The wide world is all before us
But a world without a friend ! *
* Strathallan, it is presumed, was one of the followers of the young Chevalier, and is supposed to be lying conceal. ed in some cave of the Highlands, after the battle of Cullo. den,
LOUD BLAW THE FROSTY BREEZES.
The snaws the mountains cover;
Since my young highland rover
Far wanders nations over. Where'er he go, where'er he stray,
May heaven be his warden : Return him safe to fair Strathspey,
And bonie Castle-Gordon !
The trees now naked groaning,
Shall soon wi' leaves be hinging,
The birdies dowie moaning,
Shall a' be blythely singing,
And every flower be springing. Sae I'll rejoice the lee-lang day,
When by his mighty warden My youth's return'd to fair Strathspey,
And bonie Castle-Gordon *.
* The young highland rover, is supposed to be the young Chevalier, Prince Charles Edward.