Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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When they had got out through the fire,
And able all to stand,                                         ««
She sent a maid to Wise William, To bruik Eeedisdale's land.
" Tour lands is mine, now, Reedisdale,
For I have won them free:" " If there is a good woman in the world,             us
Your one sister is she."
From the Musical Museum, p. 857.
" Geordie, an old Ballad," was first printed in Johnson's Museum, from a copy furnished by Burns. The occasion of the ballad has not been satisfactorily determined. In the opinion of Mr. Kinloch, it is to be found in the factions of the family of Huntly during the reign of Queen Mary. George Gordon, Earl of Huntly, having been sent by the Queen to apprehend a notorious robber, was thought not to have been faithful to his trust. He returned without accomplishing the object of his expedition, and was committed to prison because of his failure. Some of the Queen's council were in favor of banishing him to France, others of putting him to death, but he was released, on condition of paying a fine and performing certain other stipulations. Motherwell states that there is much variation in the recited copies of this