Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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GIL MORBICE.
" Op the many ancient ballads which have been preserved by tradition among the peasantry of Scot-land, none has excited more interest in the world of letters than the beautiful and pathetic talo of Gil Mor-ice; and this, no less on account of its own intrinsic merits as a piece of exquisite poetry, than of its hav­ing furnished the plot of the justly celebrated tragedy of Douglas. It has likewise supplied Mr. Langhorne with the principal materials from which he has woven the fabric of his sweet, though prolix poem of Owen of Carron. Perhaps the list could be easily increased of those who have drawn their inspiration from this af­fecting strain of Olden Minstrelsy.
" If any reliance is to be placed on the traditions of that part of the country where the scene of the ballad is laid, we will be enforced to believe that it is founded on facts which occurred at some remote period of Seot-tish History. The ' grene wode' of the ballad was the ancient forest of Dundaff, in Stirlingshire, and Lord Barnard's Castle is said to have occupied a precipitous cliff, overhanging the water of Carron, on the lands of Halbertshire. A small burn, which joins the Carron







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