Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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I wad ta'en out your heart o' flesh,
Put in a heart o' stane.                          ao
" Had I but had the wit yestreen That I hae coft the day — I'd paid my kane seven times to hell Ere you'd been won away ! "
V. 157-168, v. 208-214. The same process of disenchant­ment is found in the Danish ballad Nattergalen, st. 20-22, Grundtvig, No. 57 (also Svenska Folk-visor, No. 41). The comparison with the transformations of Proteus is curious.
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Odyssey, iv. 454-59.
Verum ubi correptum manibus vinclisque tenebis, Turn variaj eludent species atque ora ferarum: Fiet enim subito sus horridus atraque tigris, Sqnamosusque draco, et fulva cervice leasna, Aut acrem flamma; sonitum dabit, atque ita vinclis Excidet, aut in aquas tenues dilapsus abibit. Sed quanto ille magis forma's se vertet in omnes, Tanto, nate, magis contende tenacia vincla.
Georgics, iv. 405-12.

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