Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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From Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, iii. 18.
" This ballad was communicated to me by Mr. Kirk-patrick Sharpe of Hoddom, who mentions having cop­ied it from an old magazine. Althoagh it has probably received some modern corrections, the general turn seems to be ancient, and corresponds with that of a fragment which I have often heard sung in my child­hood."
The version to which Sir Walter Scott refers, and part of which he proceeds to quote, had been printed in Johnson's Museum. It is placed immediately after the present, with other copies of the ballad from Moth­erwell and Kinloch.
In Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland there are two more, which are repeated with slight vari­ations in the XVII. Vol. of the Percy Society, p. 46, p. 50. Both will be found in the Appendix. The copy in Buchan's Gleanings, p. 90, seems to be taken from Scott Smith's Scottish Minstrel, iv. 33, affords still another variety.
In German, Die Kindesmorderin, Erk's Liederhort, No. 41, five copies; Erlach, iv. 148 ; Hoffmann, Schle-sische V. L., No. 31, 32 ; Wunderhorn, ii. 202; Zuccal-maglio, No. 97; Meinert, No. 81; Simrock, p. 87. (But some of these are repetitions.) Wendish, Haupt and Schmaler, I. No. 292, and with considerable dif­ferences, I. No. 290, II. 197. This last reference is taken from Grundtvig, ii. 531.

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