Sir Patrick Spens

No: 58; variant: 58P

Source: Kinloch MSS, I, 281.

  1. Fu laith, fu laith was our braw Scots lords To weet their coal black shoon; But ere the battle a’ was foucht, Their hats war weet aboun.
  2. Out and starts the mermaiden, Wi a fan into her hand: ‘Keep up your hearts, my merry men a’, For ye’re near the dry land.’
  3. Out and spak Earl Patrick Graham, Wi the saut tear in his ee: ‘Now sin we’ve seen the mermaiden, Dry land we’ll never see.’
  4. Down below Dunbarton castle, Full fifty fathoms deep, There lies a’ our braw Scots men, Earl Patrick at their feet.