Jock of Hazeldean

"Why weep you by the tide, lady?
Why weep you by the tide?
I’ll wed you to my youngest son,
And you shall be his bride:
And you shall be his bride, lady,
So comely to be seen"—
But always she let the tears down fall
For Jock of Hazeldean.

"Now let this willful grief be done,
And dry that cheek so pale;
Young Frank is chief of Errington
And lord of Langley-dale;
His step is first in peaceful hall,
His sword in battle keen"—
But always she let the tears down fall
For Jock of Hazeldean.

"A chain of gold you shall not lack,
Nor braid to bind your hair,
Nor mettled hound, nor managed hawk,
Nor palfrey fresh and fair;
And you the foremost of them all
Shall ride our forest-queen"—
But always she let the tears down fall
For Jock of Hazeldean.

The kirk was decked at morning-tide,
The tapers glimmered fair;
The priest and bridegroom wait the bride,
And dame and knight are there:
They sought her both by bower and hall
The lady was not seen!
She’s over the Border, and away
With Jock of Hazeldean.

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~ Author: Sir Walter Scott, 1816.
Rendered in modern English orthography by Igor Marinovsky.
♫ You can listen this ballad on YouTube.
٭ Painting "Col. William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill)" by Rosa Bonheur, 1889.

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