English and Scottish Ballads (of 8) Volume III
Excerpt: ...restored the text by omitting some interpolations of the editor, and three concluding stanzas by the same, which, contrary to all authority, gave a tragic turn to the story. Lord John stood in his stable door, Said he was boun to ride; Burd Ellen stood in her bower door, Said she'd rin by his side. He's pitten on his cork-heel'd shoon,5 And fast awa rade he; She's clad hersel in page array, And after him ran she: Till they came till a wan water, And folks do call it Clyde;10 Then he's lookit o'er his left shoulder, Says, "Lady, will ye ride?"Pg 214 "O I learnt it wi' my bower woman, And I learnt it for my weal, Whanever I cam to wan water,15 To swim like ony eel." But the firsten stap the lady stappit, The water came till her knee; "Ochon, alas!" said the lady, "This water's o'er deep for me."20 The nexten stap the lady stappit, The water came till her middle; And sighin says that gay lady, "I've wat my gouden girdle." The thirden stap the lady stappit,25 The water came till her pap; And the bairn that was in her twa sides For cauld began to quake. "Lie still, lie still, my ain dear babe; Ye work your mother wae:30 Your father rides on high horse back, Cares little for us twae." O about the midst o' Clyde's water There was a yeard-fast stane; He lightly turn'd his horse about,35 And took her on him behin.Pg 215 "O tell me this now, good lord John, And a word ye dinna lie, How far it is to your lodgin, Whare we this night maun be?"40 "O see na ye yon castell, Ellen, That shines sae fair to see? There is a lady in it, Ellen, Will sinder you and me. "There is a lady in that castell45 Will sinder you and I"
- 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations