Bonnie Hills Of Scotland (MacEdward Leach)

See also: On The Bonny Hills Of Scotland (Leach)

On the bonnie hills of Scotland
where those bluebells they do grow,
There dwells a shepherd's daughter
down in the lowlands low;
She watched her flock the whole night long
down by the riverside,
Although her cot was low and poor
she was called the village pride.

At length a man from Paisely Town
a-hunting came this way,
A-hunting down those low lowlands
where Mary's cottage lay;
Many's the time young Henry came
a-hunting down this way,
And many's the hours spent
where nights pass cares away.

Young Henry came to his own true love,
his heart was pressed with woe,
Saying, "Mary, dearest Mary,
far from you I must go;
For those mountain men have got us hunt
and I've received command,
I must away to those low lowlands
to Indian burning sand."

"Oh Henry, dearest Henry,
those words do break my heart,
I wish I was your wedded wife
this night before we'd part;
All for to go along with you
it would be my desire,
I'll be your guide through life
dressed up in man's attire."

He took her o'er to Paisely town
the people wondered there,
To see so sweet a creature
so beautiful and fair;
The ladies they admired her
as she stood on parade,
They never thought a soldier's coat
could conceal so fair a maid.

Far across the ocean
young Henry got to go,
He little knew the danger
that he must undergo;
Young Henry fought manfully,
Mary did her best,
In stooping down to dress his wound
a bullet pierced her breast.

"I fear you're deadly wounded,"
young Henry he did say,
"I fear you are deadly wounded,
your lips are like the clay;
The first time that I saw you
t'was you I did adore."
She closed her eyes no more to ride
on the Indian burning shore.

With tender hearts the soldiers laid
young Mary in her grave,
Side by side with Henry
so gallant and so brave;
A simple cross to mark the spot
where this young couple lies,
The Lord have mercy on their souls,
young Henry and his bride.

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Collected in 1950 from John Kehoe [1864-1952] of Flatrock, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA). Leach also collected another variant as On The Bonny Hills Of Scotland from Theresa White [b.ca.1934] of Port au Port, NL.


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