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THE BROOMFIELD HILL.
A fragment of this ballad was printed in Herd's Collection, ("Ml wager, I'll wager," i. 226.) The present version is from the Border Minstrelsy, (iii. 28,) and we have added another from Kinloeh's Ancient Scottish Ballads. A somewhat longer copy is given in Buchan's Ballads, (ii. 291,) and a modernized English one, of no value, (The West Country Wager,) in Ancient Poems, &c, Percy Society, vol. xvii. p. 116.
Brume, brume on hil, is mentioned in the Complaynt of Scotland, and formed part of Captain Cox's well-known collection.
A Danish ballad exhibits the same theme, though differently treated: Sovnerunerne, Grundtvig, No. 81.
There was a knight and a lady bright,
Had a true tryst at the broom; The ane ga'ed early in the morning,
The other in the afternoon.
And aye she sat in her mother's bower door, b And aye she made her mane, " 0 whether should I gang to the Broomfield hill, Or should I stay at hame ?