Mary Hamilton

No: 173; variant: 173[Bb]

  1. Yestreen the queen had four Maries, But the nicht she’ll hae but three; There was Mary Beaton, and Mary Seaton, And Mary Carmichell, and me.
  2. Oh little did my mither think, At nicht when she cradled me, That I wad sleep in a nameless grave And hang on the gallows-tree. Yestreen, etc.
  3. They’ll tie a kerchief round my een, And they’ll na let me see t’ dee, And they’ll spread my story thro a’ the land, Till it reaches my ain countrie.
  4. I wish I micht sleep in the auld kirkyard, Beneath the hazel tree, Where aft we played in the long simmer nichts, My brithers and sisters and me.