Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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A fragment obtained by Jamieson from the reci­tation of Mrs. Brown, of Falkland. Popular Ballads, i. 135. In connection with this we give the complete story from Buchan. Aytoun has changed the title to The Mother's Malison. An Italian ballad, containing a story similar to that of this ballad and the two fol­lowing (but of independent origin), is La Maledizione Malerna, in Marcoaldi's Canti Popolari, p. 170.
" Gie corn to my horse, mither;
Gie meat unto my man ; For I maun gang to Margaret's bower,
Before the nicht comes on."
" 0 stay at hame now, my son "Willie! * The wind blaws cald and sour ;
The nicht will be baith mirk and late, Before ye reach her bower."
" 0 tho' the nicht were ever sae dark, Or the wind blew never sae cald,              w
I will be in my Margaret's bower Before twa hours be tald."

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