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98                   THE GABEELUNZIE-MATf.
Tea-Table Miscellany, i. 104; Old Ballads, iii. 259.
It is tradition that King James the Fifth of Scot­land was in the habit of wandering about his domin­ions in disguise, and engaging in amours with cftuntry girls. One of these is thought to be described in the witty ballad of The Jolly Beggar, (Herd's Scotish Songs, ii. 164, Ritson's Scotish Songs, i. 168,) and another in The Gaherlunzie-Man, both of which are universally attributed (though without evidence) to James's pen. The character of James V., it has been remarked {Gent. Mag. Oct. 1794, p. 913,) resembled both in licentiousness and genius, that of the trouba­dour sovereign, William the Ninth, Count of Poitiers, who appears to have had the same vagrant habits.
With The Jolly Beggar may be compared Der Bel-telmann, in Hoffmann's Schlesische Volkslieder, p. 43.
The pawky auld carle came o'er the lee, Wi' many goode'ens and days to me, Saying, " Goodwife, for your courtesie,
" Will you lodge a silly poor man ? " The night was cauld, the carle was wat,            a
And down ayont the ingle he sat; My daughters shoulders he gan to clap,
And cadgily ranted and sang.
" 0 wow ! " quo' he, " were I as free,
As first when I saw this country,                       10

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