Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE CRUEL SISTER.
Of the edition in the Border Minstrelsy, Scott gives the following account, (iii. 287.)
" It is compiled from a copy in Mrs. Brown's MSS., intermixed with a beautiful fragment, of fourteen verses, transmitted to the Editor by J. C. Walker, Esq. the ingenious historian of the Irish bards. Mr. Walker, at the same time, favored the Editor with the follow­ing note: ' I am indebted to my departed friend, Miss Brook, for the foregoing pathetic fragment. Her account of it was as follows: This song was trans-scribed, several years ago, from the memory of an old woman, who had no recollection of the concluding verses; probably the beginning may also be lost, as it seems to commence abruptly.' The first verse and burden of the fragment ran thus:—
1 0 sister, sister, reach thy hand!
Hey ho, my Nanny, 0; And you shall be heir of all my land,
While the swan swims bonney, 0.' "
There were two sisters sat in a bour;
Binnorie, 0 Binnorie ; There came a knight to be their wooer;
By the lonny milldams of Binnorie.
He courted the eldest with glove and ring, i
Binnorie, 0 Binnorie ; But he lo'ed the youngest abune a' thing ;
By the bonny milldams of Binnorie.







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