Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE LEGEND OF SIR GUY. (Percy's Heliques, iii. 143.)
"Published from an ancient MS. copy in the Editor's old folio volume, collated with two printed ones, one of which is in black-letter in the Pepys col­lection." Percy.
An inferior copy is printed in Ritson's Ancient Songs and Ballads, ii. 193.
From an essay on the romance of Sir Guy, read by Mr. Wright before the British Archaeological Associ­ation during its meeting at Warwick, we extract the following remarks in illustration of the history of the present ballad, and other similar popular heroic tra­ditions.
" As the Teutonic tribes progressed in their migra­tions, and settled in new lands — and especially when they received a new faith, and made advances in civ­ilization, — the mythic romances of their forefathers underwent remarkable modifications to adapt them to new sentiments and new manners. Among people who had forgotten the localities to which they refer­red, they received a new location and became identi­fied with places and objects with which people were better acquainted, and in this manner they underwent