Glenlogie or Jean o Bethalnie
No: 238; variant: 238B
- FOUR and twenty nobles sits in the king’s ha,
Bonnie Glenlogie is the flower among them a’.
- In came Lady Jean, skipping on the floor,
And she has chosen Glenlogie ‘mong a’ that was there.
- She turned to his footman, and thus she did say:
Oh, what is his name? and where does he stay?
- ‘His name is Glenlogie, when he is from home;
He is of the gay Gordons, his name it is John.’
- ‘Glenlogie, Glenlogie, an you will prove kind,
My love is laid on you; I am telling my mind.’
- He turned about lightly, as the Gordons does a’:
‘I thank you, Lady Jean, my loves is promised awa.’
- She called on her maidens her bed for to make,
Her rings and her jewels all from her to take.
- In came Jeanie’s father, a wae man was he;
Says, I’ll wed you to Drumfendrich, he has mair gold than he.
- Her father’s own chaplain, being a man of great skill,
He wrote him a letter, and indited it well.
- The first lines he looked at, a light laugh laughed he;
But ere he read through it the tears blindid his ee.
- Oh, pale and wan looked she when Glenlogie cam in,
But even rosy grew she when Glenlogie sat down.
- ‘Turn round, Jeanie Melville, turn round to this side,
And I’ll be the bridegroom, and you’ll be the bride.’
- Oh, ‘twas a merry wedding, and the portion down told,
Of bonnie Jeanie Melville, who was scarce sixteen years old.