Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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Complete copies of this pretty ballad are given in Buehan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, ii. 102, and in Whitelaw's Book of Scottish Ballads, p. 51. The latter we have printed with the present version, which, though lacking a stanza or two, is better in some re­spects than either of the others.—Robert Allan has made a song out of this ballad, Smith's Scottish Min­strel, ii. 100.
" Transmitted to the Editor by Professor Scott of Aberdeen, as it was taken down from the recitation of an old woman. It is very popular in the north­east of Scotland, and was familiar to the editor in his early youth; and from the imperfect recollection which he still retains of it, he has corrected the text in two or three unimportant passages." Jamieson's Popular Ballads, ii. 149.
" Will ye go to the Highlands, Lizie Lindsay, Will ye go to the Highlands wi' me ?
Will ye go to the Highlands, Lizie Lindsay, And dine on fresh cruds, and green whey ? "

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