Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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the queen's marie.                     115
stood upon the scaffold till her head was struck off, which he lifted by the ears and kissed on the lips. I cannot help thinking that the two stories have been confused in the ballad; for, if Marie Hamilton was exe­cuted in Scotland, it is not likely that her relations resided beyond seas; and we have no proof that Ham­ilton was really the name of the woman who made the slip with the Queen's apothecary."
Scott's edition of Mary Hamilton, (the first ever published,) was made up by him, from various copies. See Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, iii. 294.
Marie Hamilton's to the kirk gane,
Wi' ribbons in her hair ; The King thought mair o' Marie Hamilton,
Than ony that were there.
Marie Hamilton's to the kirk gane,                    s
"Wi' ribbons on her breast; The King thought mair o' Marie Hamilton,
Than he listen'd to the priest.
Marie Hamilton's to the kirk gane,
Wi' gloves upon her hands ;                           io
The King thought mair o' Marie Hamilton,
Than the Queen and a' her lands.
She hadna been about the King's court
A month, but barely one, Till she was beloved by a' the King's court, «
And the King the only man.







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