Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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SWEET WILLIE AND FAIR ANNIE
Is another version of the foregoing piece, furnished by Jamieson, Popular Ballads, i. 22.
" The text of Lord Thomas and Fair Annet," re­marks Jamieson, " seems to have been adjusted, pre­vious to its leaving Scotland, by some one who was more of a scholar than the reciters of ballads generally are; and, in attempting to give it an antique cast, it has been deprived of somewhat of that easy facility which is the distinguished characteristic of the tradi­tionary ballad narrative. With the text of the follow­ing ditty, no such experiment has been made. It is here given pure and entire, as it was taken down by the editor, from the recitation of a lady in Aberbro-thick, (Mrs. W. Arrot.) As she had, when a child, learnt the ballad from an elderly maid-servant, and probably had not repeated it for a dozen years before I had the good fortune to be introduced to her, it may be depended upon, that every line was recited to me as nearly as possible in the exact form in which she learnt it."







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