Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE YOUNG TAMLANE.
The Tayl of the Yong Tamlene is mentioned in the Complaynt of Scotland, (1548,) and the dance of Thorn of Lyn is noticed in the same work. A considerable fragment of this ballad was printed by Herd, (vol. i. 215,) under the title of Kertoriha', a corruption of Carterhaugh ; another is furnished in Maidment's New Booh of Old Ballads, (p. 54,) and a nearly complete version in Johnson's Museum, (p. 423,) which, with some alterations, was inserted in the Tales of Wonder, (No. 58.) The present edition, prepared by Sir Walter Scott from a collation of various copies, is longer than any other, but was originally disfigured by several sup­posititious stanzas here omitted. Another version, with Maidment's fragment, will be found in the Appendix to this volume.
" Carterhaugh is a plain, at the conflux of the Ettrick and Yarrow in Selkirkshire, about a mile above Sel­kirk, and two miles below Newark Castle; a roman­tic ruin which overhangs the Yarrow, and which is said to have been the habitation of our heroine's father, though others place his residence in the tower of Oak-wood. The peasants point out, upon the plain, those electrical rings, which vulgar credulity supposes to be traces of the Fairy revels. Here, they say, were placed







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