Ministrelsy of the Scottish Border, Vol. I Armstrong's Goodnight.
by Sir Walter Scott
The followng verses are said to have been composed by one of
the ARMSTRONGS, executed for the murder of Sir JOHN
CARMICHAEL of Edrom, warden of the middle marches, (See p.
165.) The tune is popular in Scotland; but whether these are the
original words, will admit of a doubt.
This night is my departing night,
For here nae langer must I stay;
There's neither friend nor foe o' mine,
But wishes me away.
What I have done thro' lack of wit,
I never, never, can recall;
I hope ye're a' my friends as yet;
Goodnight and joy be with you all!