Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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LEESOME BRAND.
Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, i. 38. This is properly a tragic story, as may be perceived by comparing the present corrupted version (evidently made up from several different sources) with the Dan­ish and Swedish ballads. See Herr Medelvold, Danske Viser, iii. 361, Die wdhrsagenden Nachtigallen, in Grimm's Altdanische Heldenlieder, p. 88, Fair Midel and Kirsten Lyle, translated by Jamieson, Illustrations, p. 377; and Herr Redevall, Svenska Folkvisor, ii. 189, Kris? Lilla och Herr Tideman, Arwidsson, i. 352, Sir Wal and Lisa Lyle, translated by Jamieson, p. 373.
My boy was scarcely ten years aiild,
Whan he went to an unco land, Where wind never blew, nor cocks ever crew,
Ohon ! for my son, Leesome Brand.
Awa' to that king's court he went,                           «
It was to serve for meat an' fee ; Gude red gowd it was his hire,
And lang in that king's court stayM he.
He hadna been in that unco land,
But only twallmonths twa or three;                    K>
Till by the glancing o' his ee,
He gain'd the love o' a gay ladye.