Of all the maids of fair Scotland,|
The fairest was Marjorie;
And young Benjie was her ae true love,
And a dear true love was he.
2. And wow but they were lovers dear,
3. And they ha'e quarrell'd on a day,
4. And he was stout and proud-hearted,
5. "Oh, open, open, my true love,
6. "Ye lee, ye lee, ye bonnie burd,
7. "But fare ye weel, my ae fause love,
8. Then Marjorie turn'd her round about,
9. Then salt she smil'd, and said to him -
10. The stream was strong, the maid was stout,
11. Then up bespake her eldest brother -
12. Out then spake her eldest brother -|
"Oh, how shall we her ken?"
And out then spake her youngest brother -
"There's a honey mark on her chin."
13. Then they've ta'en the comely corpse,
14. "The night it is her low lykewake,
15. With doors ajar, and candles light,
16. About the middle of the night
17. "Oh, wha has done thee wrang, sister,
18. "Young Benjie was the first ae man
19. "Shall we young Benjie head, sister?
20. "Ye maunna Benjie head, brothers,
21. "Tie a green gravat round his neck,
22. "And aye at every seven years' end,
None dared enter; the minister was sent for, and passed into the room. He emerged, asked for a pair of tongs, and returned, bearing in the tongs A BLOODY GLOVE, and the noise ceased. He always declined to say what he had witnessed.
Ministers were exorcists in the last century, and the father of James Thomson, the poet, died suddenly in an interview with a guest, in a haunted house. The house was pulled down, as being uninhabitable.
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