Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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THE HUNTING OF THE CHEVIOT.          25
" I will not yield to a braken bush,
Nor yet will I yield to a brier ;                        iai
But I would yield to Earl Douglas,
Or Sir Hugh the Montgomery, if he were here."
As soon as he knew it was Montgomery, He struck his sword's point in the gronde ;
The Montgomery was a courteous knight, us And quickly took him by the honde.
This deed was done at the Otterbourne,
About the breaking of the day ; Earl Douglas was buried at the braken bush,
And the Percy led captive away.                     wo
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THE HUNTING OF THE CHEVIOT.
In the Battle of Otterbourne the story is told with all the usual accuracy of tradition, and the usual fairness of partizans. Not so with the following ballad, which is founded on the same event " That which is com­monly sung of the Hunting of Cheviot," says Hume of Godscroft truly, "seemeth indeed poetical, and a
140. Douglas was really buried in Melrose Abbey, where his tomb is still to be seen.







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