Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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EARL RICHARD.
A fragment of this gloomy and impressive ro­mance, (corresponding to v. 21-42,) was published in Herd's Scottish Songs, i. 184, from which, probably, it was copied into Pinkerton's Scottish Tragic Ballads, p. 84. The entire ballad was first printed in The Bor­der Minstrelsy, together with another piece,. Lord William, containing a part of the same incidents. Of the five versions which have appeared, four are given in this place, and the remaining one in the Appendix. In the Gentleman's Magazine, 1794, Vol. 64, Part I. p. 553, there is a modern ballad of extremely per­verted orthography and vicious style, (meant for ancient,) in which the twenty lines of Herd's frag­ment are interwoven with an altogether different story. It is printed as authentic in Scarce "Ancient" Ballads, Aberdeen, 1822.
" There are two ballads in Mr. Herd's MSS. upon the following story, in one of which the unfortunate knight is termed Young Huntin'. [See Appendix.] The best verses are selected from both copies, and some trivial alterations have been adopted from tra­dition." Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, iii. 184.
" O Lady, rock never your young son, young,
One hour langer for me ; For I have a sweetheart in Garlioch Wells,
I love far better than thee.







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