Jamie Douglas

No: 204; variant: 204A

  1. I WAS a lady of high renown As lived in the north countrie; I was a lady of high renown Whan Earl Douglas loved me.
  2. Whan we came through Glasgow toun, We war a comely sight to see; My gude lord in velvet green, And I mysel in cramasie.
  3. Whan we cam to Douglas toun, We war a fine sight to behold; My gude lord in cramasie, And I myself in shining gold.
  4. Whan that my auld son was born, And set upon the nurse’s knee, I was as happy a woman as eer was born, And my gude lord he loved me.
  5. But oh, an my young son was born, And set upon the nurse’s knee, And I mysel war dead and gane, For a maid again I’ll never be!
  6. There cam a man into this house, And Jamie Lockhart was his name, And it was told to my gude lord That I was in the bed wi him.
  7. There cam anither to this house, And a bad friend he was to me; He put Jamie’s shoon below my bed-stock, And bade my gude lord come and see.
  8. O wae be unto thee, Blackwood, And ae an ill death may ye dee! For ye was the first and the foremost man That parted my gude lord and me.
  9. Whan my gude lord cam in my room, This grit falsehood for to see, He turnd about, and, wi a gloom, He straucht did tak farewell o me.
  10. ‘O fare thee well, my once lovely maid! O fare thee well, once dear to me! O fare thee well, my once lovely maid! For wi me again ye sall never be.’
  11. ‘Sit doun, sit doun, Jamie Douglas, Sit thee doun and dine wi me, And Ill set thee on a chair of gold, And a silver towel on thy knee.’
  12. ‘Whan cockle-shells turn silver bells, And mussels they bud on a tree, Whan frost and snaw turns fire to burn, Then I’ll sit down and dine wi thee.’
  13. O wae be unto thee, Blackwood, And ae an ill death may ye dee! Ye war the first and the foremost man That parted my gude lord and me.
  14. Whan my father he heard word That my gude lord had forsaken me, He sent fifty o his brisk dragoons To fesh me hame to my ain countrie.
  15. That morning before I did go, My bonny palace for to leave, I went into my gude lord’s room, But alas! he wad na speak to me.
  16. ‘Fare thee well, Jamie Douglas! Fare thee well, my ever dear to me! Fare thee well, Jamie Douglas! Be kind to the three babes I’ve born to thee.’