Left, traditional; right, from C. K. Sharpe, A Ballad Book, 1823
Max Welton's braes are bonnie|
Where early falls the dew
And 'twas there that Annie Laurie
|: Gave me her promise true. :|
That ne'er forgot shall be
And for Bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me doon and dee.
2. Her brow is like the snowdrift
3. Like dew on the gowan lyin'
Maxwelton banks are bonnie,|
Where early fa's the dew;
Where me and Annie Laurie
|: Made up the promise true; :|
And never forget will I,
And for bonny Annie Laurie
I'd lay down my head and die.
2. She's backit like a peacock,
Sir Robert Laurie, first baronet of the Maxwelton family, had three sons and four daughters, of whom Annie was much celebrated for her beauty, and made a conquest of Mr. Douglas of Fingal, who is said to have composed these verses- under an unlucky star, for the lady afterwards married Mr. Fergusson of Craigderroch. - Bruce Olson.
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