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SIR HUGH OF THE GRIME.               247
They have ridden oer muir and muss,
And over mountains high, Till they met wi ' an' old palmer,
Was walking along the way.
" What news, what news, old palmer, What news have you to me ? "
" Yonder is one of the proudest wed sons That ever my eyes did see.
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" * * a bird in a' the wood
Could sing as I could say; It would go in to my mothers bower,
And bid her kiss me, and take me away.'
THE LIFE AND DEATH OP SIR HUGH OF THE GRIME. (See p. 51.)
From Durfey's Pills to purge Melancholy, vi. 289.
The same is printed in Ritson's Ancient Songs (ed. 1790), p. 192, from a collation of two black-letter copies, one in the collection of the Duke of Roxburgh, and " another in the hands of John Baynes, Esq." Several stanzas are corrupted, and the names are- greatly disfigured. Ritson mentions in a note a somewhat different ballad on the same subject, be­ginning :—
" Good Lord John is a hunting gone."
53. bows.







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