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Ruin's wheel has driven o'er us,
Not a hope that dare attend,
But a world without a friend ! *
* Strathallan, it is presumed, was one of the followers of the young chevalier, and is supposed to be lying concealed in some cave of the Highlands, after the battle of Culloden. This song was written before the year 1788.
THE YOUNG HIGHLAND ROVER.
LOUD blaw the frosty breezes,
The snaws the mountains cover ; Like winter on me seizes,
Since my young highland rover
Far wanders nations over. Where'er he go, where'er he stray,
May heaven be his warden : Return him safe to fair Strathspey,
And bonie Castle-Gordon !
The trees now naked groaning,
Shall soon wi' leaves be hinging,
Shall a' be blythely singing,
Sae I'll rejoice the lee-lang day,
When by his mighty warden
And bonie Castle-Gordon. *
* The young highland rover, is supposed to be the young chevalier, Prince Charles Edward.
RAVING winds around her blowing,
“O'er the past too fondly wandering,
Chilly grief my life-blood freezes,