Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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Jomfruen i Ormeham, in Grundtvig's Danmarks Gamle Folkeviser, ii. 17 7, is essentially the same ballad as Kempion. The characteristic incident of the story (a maiden who has been transformed by her step-mother into a snake or other monster, being restored to her proper shape by the kiss of a knight) is as common in the popular fiction of the North as Scott asserts it to be in chivalrous romance. For instances, see Grundt-vig, 1.1., and under the closely related Lindormen, ii. 211.
The name Kempion is itself a monument of the reĀ­lation of our ballads to the Kmmpeviser. Pollard of Pollard Hall, who slew " a venomous serpent which did much harm to man and beast," is called in the modern legend a Champion Knight.
" Cum heir, cum heir, ye freely feed, And lay your head low on my knee ; The heaviest weird I will you read, That ever was read to gay ladye.
" 0 meikle dolour sail ye dree,                          «
And aye the salt seas o'er ye'se swim; And far mair dolour sail ye dree
On Estmere crags, when ye them climb.
8. If by Estmere Crags we are to understand the rocky