The Dowie Dens of Yarrow
These two versions of an ancient ballard are offered here for interest, .... despite the fact that "dowie" here seems to be an adjective meaning dark and drab!!
Late at e'en, drinking the wine,
2. "Oh, stay at hame, my noble lord,
3. "Oh, fare ye weel, my ladye gaye!
4. She kiss'd his cheek, she kaim'd his hair,
5. As he gaed up the Tennies bank,
6. "Oh, come ye here to part your land,
7. "I come not here to part my land,
8. "If I see all, ye're nine to ane;
9. Four has he hurt, and five has slain,
10. "Gae hame, gae hame, good-brother John,
11. "Yestreen I dream'd a dolefu' dream;
12. "O gentle wind, that bloweth south,
13. "But in the glen strive armed men;
14. As she sped down yon high, high hill,
15. She kiss'd his cheek, she kaim'd his hair,
16. "Now, haud your tongue, my daughter dear!
17. "Oh, haud your tongue, my father dear!
There was a lady in the north,
2. These nine sat drinking at their wine,
3. She's washed his face, she's combed his hair
4. As he walked up yon high, high hills,
5. It's three he wounded, three withdrew,
6. "O father, dear, I dreamed a dream,
7. "O daughter dear, I read your dream,
8. As she walked up yon high, high hill,
9. She washed his face, she combed his hair,
10. Her hair it being three quarters long,
11. "O daughter dear, dry up your tears,
12. "O father dear, you've seven sons,
Scott thought that the hero was Walter Scott, third son of Thirlestane, slain by Scott of Tushielaw. The "monument" (a standing stone near Yarrow) is really of a very early, rather Post-Roman date, and refers to no feud of Thirlestane, Oakwood, Kirkhope, or Tushielaw. The stone is not far from Yarrow Krik, near a place called Warrior's Rest. Hamilton of Bangour's version is beautiful and well known. Quite recently a very early interment of a corpse, in the curved position, was discovered not far from the standing stone with the inscription. Ballad, stone, and interment may all be distinct and separate. - A Collection of Ballads by Andrew Lang