Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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This ballad will be found, in forms slightly varying, in Herd, (i. 156 ;) Caw's Poetical Museum, (p. 348 ;) Motherwell's Minstrelsy, (p. 343;) and Buchan's AnĀ­cient Ballads, (i. 263.) It bears some resemblance to the beginning of the remarkable poem, Als Y Yod on ay Mounday, (see Appendix). The present version is from the Poetical Museum.
As I was walking by my lane,
Atween a water and a wa, There sune I spied a wee wee man,
He was the least that eir I saw.
His legs were scant a shathmont's length, s
And sma and limber was his thie; Atween his shoulders was ae span,
About his middle war but three.
He has tane up a meikle stane,
And flang^ as far as I cold see ;               w
Ein thouch I had been Wallace wicht,
I dought na lift it to my knie.
7. Much better in Motherwell.
Between his een there was a span, Betwixt his shoulders there were ells three.