Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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And ay, on ilka Saturday's night,
My sister Maisry came to me,                        v>
"WT silver bason, and silver kemb, To kemb my headie upon her knee;
But or I had kiss'd her ugly mouth, Td rather hae toddled about the tree.
But as it fell out on last Hallowe'en,.                a
When the Seely Court was ridin' by,
The queen lighted down on a gowan bank, Nae far frae the tree whare I wont to lye.
She took me up in her milk-white hand,
And she straiked me three times o'er her knee;                                                                         30
She changed me again to my ain proper shape, And I nae mair maun toddle about the tree.
46. Seely Chart, i. e. " pleasant or happy court," or " court of the pleasant and happy people." This agrees with the ancient and more legitimate idea of Fairies. Jamieson. See p. 120, v. 131, et seq.

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