Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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MARY HAMILTON.
From Motherwell's Minstrelsy, p. 811.
" In this set of the ballad, from its direct allusion to the use of the Savin-tree, a clue is, perhaps, afforded for tracing how the poor mediciner mentioned by Knox should be implicated in the crime of Mary Hamilton. It may also be noted as a feature in this version of the ballad, which does not occur in any heretofore printed, the unfortunate heroine's proud and indignant spurn­ing at life after her character had been tainted by the infamy of a sentence of condemnation. In another copy of the ballad, also obtained from recitation, this sentiment is, perhaps, still more forcibly expressed; at any rate, it is more appropriate as being addressed to the King. The whole concluding verses of this copy, differing as they somewhat do from the version adopted for a text, it has been thought worth while to preserve.
" But bring to me a cup," she says,
" A cup bot and a can, And I will drink to all my friends,
And they'll drink to me again. Here's to you, all travellers,
Who travel by land or sea; Let na wit to my father nor mother
The death that I must die. Here's to you, all travellers,







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