Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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ALS Y YOD ON AY MOUNDAY. (See p. 126.)
Ik the manuscript from which these verses are taken, they form the preface to a long strain of in­comprehensible prophecies of the same description as those which are appended to Thomas of Ersyldoune. Whether the two portions belong together, or not, (and it will be seen that they are ill enough joined,) the first alone requires to be cited here for the purpose of comparison with the Wee Wee Man. The whole piece has been twice printed, first by Finlay, in his Scottish Ballads, (ii. 163,) and afterwards, by a person who was not aware that he had been anticipated, in the Retrospective Review, Second Series, vol. ii. p. 326. Both texts are in places nearly unintelligible, and are evidently full of errors, part of which we must ascribe to the incompetency of the editors. Finlay's is here adopted as on the whole the best, but it has received a few corrections from the other, and one or two con­jectural emendations.
Als y yod on ay Mounday Bytwene Wyltinden and Wall,
The ane after brade way,
Ay litel man y mette with alle,
The leste yat ever y, sathe to say,                    6
Oither in bowr, oither in halle;
His robe was noither grene na gray,
Bot alle yt was of riche palle. vol. i.                             18