Scottish Traditional Versions of Ancient Ballads

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James Henry Dixon
Percy Society, 1845 - 108 páginas
 

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Página 63 - THERE cam' a bird out o' a bush, On water for to dine, An' sighing sair, says the king's daughter, " 0 wae's this heart o' mine ! " He's taen a harp into his hand, He's harped them all asleep, Except it was the king's daughter, He's luppen on his berry-brown steed, Taen 'er on behind himsell, Then baith rede down to that water That they ca...
Página 9 - A Knight's Conjuring, done in earnest, discovered in Jest. Written in answer to Nash's Pierce Penniless, and containing numerous allusions to Manners and Customs in London. By Thomas Dekker, 1607.
Página 90 - But it seemed as the harp of the sky had rung, And the airs of heaven played round her tongue, When she spake of the lovely forms she had seen, And a land where sin had never been, — A land of love and a land of light, Withouten sun or moon or night ; Where the river swa'da living stream, And the light a pure celestial beam : The land of vision it would seem, A still, an everlasting dream.
Página 64 - I' the water o' Wearie's Well; An' I'll mak' ye the eight o' them, An' ring the common bell. Sin' I am standin' here, she says, This dowie death to dee; One kiss o' your comelie mouth, I'm sure wad comfort me. He louted him o'er his saddle bow, To kiss her cheek an' chin; She's ta'en him in her arms twa, An' throun him headlong in. Sin' seven king's daughters ye've drouned there, I' the water o' Wearie's Well, I'll mak' ye the bridegroom J;o them a', An
Página 101 - May Colvin," " May Collean," and " The Water o' Wearie's Well." Our version is the only one in which " the parrot" is not introduced. The peasantry of Scotland believe the catastrophe to have actually taken place, but different localities are assigned. Chambers, in his notes on " May Collean," says, " The ballad finds locality in that wild portion of the coast of Carrick (Ayrshire) which intervenes betwixt Girvan and Ballantrae. Carlton Castle, about two miles to the south of Girvan, is affirmed...
Página 33 - Then he turn'd him richt and roun' about, As will as woman's son; And aff he set, and bent his way, And straightway came to Linne. But when he cam' to that castle, They were set doun to dine; A score o' nobles there he saw, Sat drinkin' at the wine. Then some bad...
Página 87 - Their oaten pipes blew wondrous shrill. The hemlock small blew clear; And louder notes from hemlock large, And bog-reed, struck the ear; But solemn sounds, or sober thoughts, The Fairies cannot bear. They sing, inspired with love and joy, Like skylarks in the air; Of solid sense, or thought that's grave, You'll find no traces there. Fair Janet stood, with mind unmoved, The dreary heath upon; And louder, louder wax'd the sound, As they came riding on. Will o...
Página 68 - I cam' nae here to hunt nor hawk, As I hae dane before, O; But I cam' here to wiel' my brand, Upo' the braes o' Yarrow. Four he hurt, an' five he slew, Till down it fell himsell, O; There stood a fause lord him behin', Who thrust his body thoro'.
Página 11 - THIRTEEN PSALMS AND THE FIRST CHAPTER OF ECCLESIASTES, Translated into English Verse by John Croke, in the Reign of Henry VIII. Edited by the Rev. P. Bliss, DCt Against the Beastlye Abusers, both of Chyrurgerie and Physyke, in oure tyme . By John Halle, 1565.
Página 9 - The Pleasant History of the Two Angry Women of Abington. With the humorous mirth of Dicke Coomes and Nicholas Proverbs, two Servingmen. As it was lately playde by the Lord High Admirall his servants.

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