Traditional Scottish Songs
- Come Owre the Stream

This is another Jacobite song by James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd (a title which he invented for himself). He lived from 1770 to 1835, so the memory of the Jacobite Uprisings were still a recent memory. Hogg was not a Highlander (most of the supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie were from the Highlands) but responded to the romance of the Jacobites.

Come Owre the Stream

Come owre the stream Charlie,
Dear Charlie, brave Charlie,
Come owre the stream Charlie,
And dine wi' MacLean;
And though you be weary
We'll mak' your heart cheery,
And welcome our Charlie;
And his loyal train.

We'll bring down the track dear
We'll bring down the black steer,
The lamb from the brecken
And doe from the glen.
The salt sea we'll harry,
And bring to oor Charlie,
The cream from the bothy
And curd from the pen.


And you shall drink freely
The dews of Glen Sheerly
That stream in the starlight
When kings dinna ken;
And deep be your meed
O' the wine that is red,
To drink to your sire
And his frien' the MacLean.


If aught will invite you,
Or more will delight you
'Tis ready a troop
Of oor bold Hieland men
Shall range on the heather
Wi' bonnet and feather,
Strong arms and broad claymores,
Three hundred and ten.


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