Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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EOSE THE BED, AND WHITE LILLY. 173
And mony ane sings o' grass, o' grass,              <*
And mony ane sings o' corn ; And mony ane sings o' Robin Hood,
Kens little whare he was born.
It was na in the ha', the ha',
Nor in the painted bower;                              n
But it was in the gude green wood,
Amang the lily flower.
ROSE THE RED, AND WHITE LILLY.
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, iii. 208.
This legend and the preceding are placed in this volume solely on account of the names given to the personages who figure in them. In character they have no affinity with the recognized circle of Bobin Hood ballads. The story is of a more ancient cast, and also of a type common to the northern nations, and we have no doubt that Eobin Hood and Little John were in the day of their popularity made to dis­place heroes of immemorial prescription, in order to give eclat to an old tale.
Of Rose the Red, and White Lilly, three versions have been published. The present is that of Scott, given " chiefly " from Mrs. Brown's manuscript. Kin-loch's is subjoined, and another, furnished by Buchan, is printed in the Appendix.