Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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A modernized copy of King Henry was published in the Tales of Wonder, (No 57,) under the title of Courteous King Jamie. It first appeared in an ancient dress in the Border Minstrelsy, (iii. 274,) but a version preferable in some respects was given by Jamieson in his Popular Ballads, (ii. 194,) which is here printed, without the editor's interpolations. For a notice of similar legends, see the Marriage of Sir Gawaine, at page 28 of this volume.
Lat never a man a wooing wend,
That lacketh thingis three; A routh o' gould, an open heart,
Ay fu' o' charity.
As this I speak of King Henry,                     t
For he lay burd-alane; And he's doen him to a jelly hunt's ha',
Was far frae ony town.
He chas'd the deer now him before,
And the roe down by the den,                    w
Till the fattest buck in a' the flock King Henry he has slain.