Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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THE FAIR FLOWER OF NORTHUMBER­LAND.
Eitson's Ancient Simgs and Ballads, ii. 75.
Preserved in Thomas Deloney's History of Jack of Newbery, whence it was extracted by Ritson. In that extraordinary book, The Minstrelsy, of the Eng­lish Border, (p. 201,) Ritson's copy is inserted with­out acknowledgment, and with a few alterations for the worse. Scottish versions of this ballad are given by Kinloeh, {The Provost's Dochter, p. 131,) and by Buchan, (The Betrayed Lady, ii. 208.) The former of these is printed in our Appendix.
It was a Knight in Scotland born, Follow, my love, come over the strand,
Was taken prisoner, and left forlorn,
Even by the good Earl of Northumberland.
Then was he cast in prison strong,                    «
Follow, my love, ' come' over the strand,
Where he could not walk nor lye along,
Even by the good Earl of Northumberland.







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