Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE YOUNG TAMLANE.                   115
the stands of milk, and of water, in which Tamlane was dipped, in order to effect the disenchantment; and upon these spots, according to their mode of express­ing themselves, the grass will never grow. Miles Cross, (perhaps a corruption of Mary's Cross,) where fair Janet awaited the arrival of (he Fairy train, is said to have stood near the Duke of Buecleuch's seat of Bow-hill, about half a mile from Carterhaugh."— (Scott's Minstrelsy, ii. 334, at the end of a most in­teresting essay, introductory to this tale, on the Fai­ries of Popular Superstition.)
"01 forbid ye, maidens a',
That wear gowd on your hair, To come or gae by Carterhaugh, For young Tamlane is there.
" There's nane that gaes by Carterhaugh, »
But maun leave him a wad, Either gowd rings, or green mantles,'
Or else their maidenheid.
" Now gowd rings ye may buy, maidens,
Green mantles ye may spin ;                     w
But, gin ye lose your maidenheid, Ye'll ne'er get that agen." —
But up then spak her, fair Janet, The fairest o' a' her kin ; " 111 cum and gang to Carterhaugh,                v>
And ask nae leave o' him."—