Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE DOUGLAS TRAGEDY.
119
Lord William was dead lang ere midnight, ra
Lady Marg'ret lang ere day— And all true lovers that go thegither,
May they have mair luck than they !
Lord William was buried in St. Marie's kirk, Lady Marg'ret in Marie's quire ;                           ro
Out o' the the lady's grave grew a bonny red rose, And out o' the knight's a brier.
And they twa met, and they twa plat,
And fain they wad be near; And a' the warld might ken right weel,                  re
They were twa lovers dear.
But bye and rade the Black Douglas,
And wow but he was rough .' For he pull'd up the bonny brier,
And flang't in St Marie's Loch.                             so
69-80. This miracle is frequently witnessed over the graves of faithful lovers.— King Mark, according to the Ger­man romance, planted a rose on Tristan's grave, and a vine on that of Isold. The roots struck down into the very-hearts of the dead lovers, and the stems twined lovingly to­gether. The French account is somewhat different. An eglantine sprung from the tomb of Tristan, and twisted itself round the monument of Isold. It was cut down three times, but grew up every morning fresher than before, so that it was allowed to stand. Other examples are, in this volume,







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