The Ballad Minstrelsy of Scotland

The Ballad Minstrelsy of Scotland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: claim the heroine and ballad as English, and localize both at Newark, in Nottinghamshire--a noted stage on the road from York to London. Or some zealous American may contend that Mr. Buchan's title is perfectly correct. For our own part, with the impartiality and fairness so specially characteristic of Scotsmen, we forbear to dogmatize. The writer already quoted remarks, that "the burden of this ballad version VI. is very ancient, and, when coupled with the purgatorial nature of the punishment of the heroine, affords a strong presumption of the antiquity of the whole composition." Pythagorian, in place of purgatorial, is probably the more correct term. This feature is peculiar to version VI., which is the one chiefly followed in the text here printed. 1 The minister's dochter of Newarke, All alone, and alonie, Has fallen in love with her father's clerk, Down by the greenwood sae bonnie. 2 She courted him sax years and a day; At length her false love did her betray. 3 She has ta'en her mantle her about, And sat her down on an auld tree root. 4 She leant her back unto an aik: First it bow'd, and syne it brake. 5 She leant her back unto a thorn, And there she has her twa babes born. 6 "Oh, smile na sae, my babes sae sweet Smile na sae, for it gars me greet." 1 She's ta'en the ribbons frae her hair, And bound their bodies fast and sair. 8 Then she's ta'en out a little penknife. And twined each sweet babe of its life. 9 She's houkit a grave baith deep and wide, And put them in baith side by side. 10 She's coverd them o'er with a big-whin stane, Thinking" to gang like maiden hame. 11 She's gane back to her father's castle hall, And she seem'd the lealest maid of them all. 12 As she look'd o'er her father's castle wall, more

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236640039
  • 9781236640031