Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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BROWN ADAM.
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, iii. 169.
" There is a copy of this ballad in Mrs. Brown's collection. The editor has seen one, printed on a single sheet. The epithet," Smith," implies, probably, the sirname, not the profession, of the hero, who seems to have been an outlaw. There is, however, in Mrs. Brown's copy, a verse of little merit, here omitted, alluding to the implements of that occupation."
Scott.
0 wha wad wish the wind to blaw, Or the green leaves fa' therewith ?
Or wha wad wish a lealer love Than Brown Adam the Smith ?
But they hae banished him, Brown Adam, s
Frae father and frae mother ; And they hae banish'd him, Brown Adam,
Frae sister and frae brother.
And they hae banish'd him, Brown Adam, The flower o' a' his kin ;                            10
And he's bigged a bour in gude green-wood Atween his ladye and him.







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