MACPHERSON’S LAMENT

by Scott Macmillan

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Farewell ye dungeons dark and strong
Farewell, farewell to thee.
MacPherson’s life will nor long be
on yonder gallows tree.

Sae rantin’ly, sae wantonly,
sae dauntin’ly, gaed he;
He played a tune and he danced a loft
on yonder gallows tree.

The Laird o’ Grant that Highland sant
that first laid hands on me
He played the cause on Peter Broon
to let MacPherson dee.

Untie these bands from off my hands
and gie to me my sword
An’ there’s not a man in all Scotland
but I’ll brave him at his word.

There’s some come here to see me die
and some to buy my fiddle
But before I do wi’ her I’ll brake
her through the middle.

He took his fiddle in both o’ his hands
and broke it over a stone
Says, “There’s nae other hand shall play on thee
when I am dead and gone.

The reprive was comin’ o’er the brig
o’ Banff to set MacPherson free
but they pit the clock a quarter afore
and hanged him from the tree.

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