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SONG XXIII.

STAY, MY CHARMER, &c.

AIR.-AN GILLE DUBH CIRR DHUBH.

I.

Stay, my charmer, can you leave me?
Cruel, cruel to deceive me!
Well you know how much you grieve me;

Cruel charmer, can you go!
Cruel charmer, can you go

!

II.
By my love so ill requited ;
By the faith you fondly plighted ;
By the
pangs

of lovers slighted; Do not, do not leave me so ! Do not, do not leave me so !

SONG XXIV.

THICKEST NIGHT O’ERHANG, &c.

AIR.--STRATIALLAN'S LAMENT.

I. Thickest night o'erhang my dwelling:

Howling tempests o'er me rave ! Turbid torrents, wintry swelling,

Still surround my lonely cave !

II.
Chrystal streamlets gently flowing,

Busy haunts of base mankind,
Western breezes softly blowing,

Suit not my distracted mind.

III.
In the cause of right engaged,

Wrongs injurious to redress,
Honor's war we strongly waged,

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,

SONG XXV.

LOUD BLAW THE FROSTY BREEZES.

AIR.-MORAG.

I.
Loud blaw the frosty breezes,

The snaws the mountains cover;
Like winter on me seizes,

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 !

II.

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.

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