Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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The two following ballads have the same subject, and perhaps had a common original. The " Briton Glaskyrion " is honourably mentioned as a harper by Chaucer, in company with Chiron, Orion, and OrĀ­pheus, {House of Fame, B. iii. v. 118,) and with the last he is also associated, as Mr. Finlay has pointed out, by Bishop Douglas, in the Police of Honour. " The Scottish writers," says Jamieson, " adapting the name to their own meridian, call him Glenkindy, Gi-en-
Glasgerionis reprinted from Percy's Reliques, iii. 83.
Glasgerion was a kings owne sonne, And a harper he was goode;
He harped in the kings chambere, Where cuppe and caudle stoode,