BALLAD OF THE EARL OF MAR’S DAUGHTER

This old ballad runs to forty-one verses and begins —

It was intill a pleasant time,
Upon a simmer’s day,
The noble Earl of Mar’s daughter
Went forth to sport and play.

and then goes on to tell of the young girl’s love for one who says:

I am a doo the live-lang day,
A sprightly youth at night;
This aye gars me appear mair fair
In a fair maiden’s sight.

And it was but this verra day
That I cam ower the sea;
Your lovely face did me enchant;
I’ll live and dee wi thee.

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