Highland Balou Hee-balou, my sweet, wee Donald, Picture o' the great Clanronald; Brawly kens our wanton Chief Wha got my wee Highland thief.-- Leeze me on thy bonie craigie, And thou live, thou'll steal a naigie, Travel the country thro' and thro', And bring hame a Carlisle cow.-- Thro' the Lawlands, o'er the Border, Weel, my babie, may thou furder: Herry the louns o' the laigh Countrie, Syne to the Highlands hame to me.-- ________________________________________________________ A versification by Burns of the tenor of a Gaelic lullaby (Stenhouse Illus., 416). With music in SMM V (1796), 486 (no. 472) [1.4 young]. Kinsley Burns 865 (no. 580), and note, 1511. Moffat 50 TSNR (1933), 32, with music, a "Gaelic Air", which changes the music of the 4th line (s/ d' l s f m d d), besides expurgating the first st.: Thou'lt be chief o' a' the clan/ If thou art spared to be a man. Var.: 2.2 lift. MS APR99
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