Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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LORD WILLIAM.
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, iii. 23.
This ballad was communicated to Sir Walter Scott by Mr. James Hogg, accompanied with the following note:—
" I am fully convinced of the antiquity of this song; for, although much of the language seems somewhat modernized, this must be attributed to its currency, being much liked, and very much sung in this neigh­bourhood. I can trace it back several generations, but cannot hear of its ever having been in print. I have never heard it with any considerable variation, save that one reciter called the dwelling of the feigned sweet-heart, Casileswa."
Loed William was the bravest knight
That dwalt in fair Scotland, And though renown'd in France and Spain,
Fell by a ladie's hand.
As she was walking maid alone,                     s
Down by yon shady wood, She heard a smit o' bridle reins,
She wish'd might be for good.







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