Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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JOHN O' HAZELGREEN.
Neither the present version of this ballad, (taken from Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, ii. 253,) nor that furnished by Kinloch, (Jock o' Hazel-green, p. 206,) is at all satisfactory. Another, much superior in point of taste, but made up from four dif­ferent copies, is given in Chambers's Scottish Ballads, p. 319.
Sir W. Scott's song of Jock o' EazeUlean was sug­gested by a single stanza of this ballad, which he had heard as a fragment, thus:
"' Why weep ye by the tide ladye,
Why weep ye by the tide? I'll wed ye to my youngest son,
And ye shall be his bride; And ye shall be his bride, ladye,
Sae comely to be seen:' But aye she loot the tears down fa'
For Jock o' Hazeldean."
As I went forth to take the air
Intill an evening clear, And there I spied a lady fair
Making a heavy bier. Making a heavy bier, I say,                                    »
But and a piteous meen ; And aye she sigh'd, and said, alas !
For John o' Hazelgreen.







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