Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE LOWLANDS OF HOLLAND.
Mk. Stenhouse was informed that this ballad was composed, about the beginning of the last century, by a young widow in Galloway, whose husband was drowned on a voyage to Holland. (Musical Museum, ed. 1853, iv. 115.) But some of the verses appear to be old, and one stanza will be remarked to be of com­mon occurrence in ballad poetry.
A fragment of this piece was published in Herd's collection, (ii. 49.) Our copy is from Johnson's Mu­seum, p. 118, with the omission, however, of one spuri­ous and absurd stanza, while another, not printed by Johnson, is supplied from the note above cited to the new edition. Cunningham makes sense of the inter­polated verses and retains them; otherwise his version is nearly the same as the present (Songs of Scotland, ii. 181.)
" The love that I have chosen,
I'll therewith be content, The saut sea shall be frozen
Before that I repent;







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