Legends & Sagas
57: Brown Robyns Confession
Buchans Ballads of the North of Scotland, I, 110. Motherwells MS., p. 580.
57.1 IT fell upon a Wodensday
Brown Robyns men went to sea,
But they saw neither moon nor sun,
Nor starlight wi their ee.
57.2 Well cast kevels us amang,
See wha the unhappy man may be;
The kevel fell on Brown Robyn,
The master-man was he.
57.3 It is nae wonder, said Brown Robyn,
Altho I dinna thrive,
For wi my mither I had twa bairns,
And wi my sister five.
57.4 But tie me to a plank o wude,
And throw me in the sea;
And if I sink, ye may bid me sink,
But if I swim, just lat me bee.
57.5 Theyve tyed him to a plank o wude,
And thrown him in the sea;
He didna sink, tho they bade him sink;
He swimd, and they bade lat him bee.
57.6 He hadna been into the sea
An hour but barely three,
Till by it came Our Blessed Lady,
Her dear young son her wi.
57.7 Will ye gang to your men again,
Or will ye gang wi me?
Will ye gang to the high heavens,
Wi my dear son and me?
57.8 I winna gang to my men again,
For they would be feared at mee;
But I woud gang to the high heavens,
Wi thy dear son and thee.
57.9 Its for nae honour ye did to me, Brown Robyn,
Its for nae guid ye did to mee;
But a is for your fair confession
Youve made upon the sea.
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