Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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From Motherwell's Minstrelsy, p. 282.
" By testimony of a most unexceptionable descrip­tion,—but which it would be tedious here to detail,— the Editor can distinctly trace this ballad as existing in its present shape at least a century ago, which carries it decidedly beyond the date of the first printed copy of OH Morice; and this with a poem which has been preserved but by oral tradition, is no mean positive antiquity."
In the Introduction to his collection, Motherwell mentions his having found a more complete copy of this ballad under the title of Babe Nourice.
Child Noetce is a clever young man,
He wavers wi' the wind; His horse was silver shod before,
With the beaten gold behind.

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