Maggie Rae Lunam
And when of me his leave he tooke The tears then wat mine ee. I gied him sic a parting looke My benison gang wiΓÇÖ thee Good speed thee weel mine ain dear heart For gane is all my joy My heart is rent sith we maun part My handsome Gilderoy. The Queen of Scots possessed nought That my love let me want For cow and eye he to me brought And eΓÇÖen when they were scant All these did honestly possess He never did annoy Who never failed to pay their cess To my love Gilderoy. My Gilderoy baith far and near Was feared in every town And bauldly bare awayΓÇÖ the gear Of many a lowland loon For man to man durst meet him nane He was so brave a boy At length with numbers he was taen My winsome Gilderoy. Wae worth the loons that made the laws To hang a man for gear To reive of life for sic a cause As stealing horse or mear Had not these laws been made sae strict, I neΓÇÖer had lost my joy, WeΓÇÖ sorrow neΓÇÖer had wat my cheecke, For my dear Gilderoy. If Gilderoy had done amiss He might have banished been. Ah what sair cruelty is this To Hang sic handsome men To hang the flower oΓÇÖ Scottish land Sae sweet and fair a boy. Nae lady had sae white a hand As thee my Gilderoy. Of Gilderoy saa ΓÇÿfraid they were They bound him meikle strong; To Edinburgh they took him there And on a gallows hung. They hung him high aboon the rest, He was sae trim a boy. There died the youth whom I loved best, My handsome Gilderoy. Sune as he yielded up his breath I bore his corpse away WiΓÇÖ tears that trickled for his death; I washed his comely clay And sicker in a grave sae deep I laid the dear loved boy And now forever I maun weep My winsome Gilderoy.
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.
MSS 048 John Muir Papers
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1895 September Maggie Rae Lunam to jm p 2