Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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218                  THE SUFFOLK MIRACLE.
once or twice most absurdly suggested that Lenore owed its existence to this Suffolk Miracle. The differ­ence, indeed, is not greater than between a " Chronicle History " and Macbeth ; it is however certain that Bur­ger's ballad is all his own, except the hint of the ghostly horseman and one or two phrases, which he took from the description of a Low German ballad. The editors of the Wunderhorn claim to give this bal­lad, vol. ii. p. 19. An equivalent prose tradition is well known in Germany. Most of the ballads relate ing to the return of departed spirits are brought to­gether in an excellent article, by Wackernagel in the Altdeulsche Blatter, i. 174.
A. "wondeb stranger ne'er was known Than what I now shall treat upon. In Suffolk there did lately dwell A farmer rich and known full well..
He had a daughter fair and bright,.                    6
On whom he placed his chief delight.; Her beauty was beyond compare, She was both virtuous and fair;
There was a young man living by,
Who was so charmed with her eye,                   n>
That he could never be at rest;
He was by love so much possest.
He made address to her, and she
Did grant him love immediately ;
But when her father came to hear,                    fc
He parted her and her poor dear.

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