Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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Gil Moerice was an erles son,
His name it waxed wide: It was nae for his great riches,
Nor zet his miekle pride; Bot it was for a lady gay                                  «
That liv'd on Carron side.
" Quhair sail I get a bonny boy, That will win hose and shoen;
That will gae to Lord Barnard's ha',
And bid his lady cum ?                               10
" And ze maun rin my errand, Willie,
And ze may rin wi' pride; Quhen other boys gae on their foot,
On horseback ze sail ride."
" 0 no! 0 no! my master dear!                    u
I dare nae for my life ; I '11 no gae to the bauld barons,
For to triest furth his wife."
6. The stall copies of the ballad complete the stanza thus:
IBs fact was fair, ktng was his hair,
In the wild woods he staid; But his fame was for a fair lady
That lived on Carronside.
Which is no injudicious interpolation, inasmuch as it is foundĀ­ed upon the traditions current among the vulgar, regarding GilMorice's comelyface and long yellow hair. Motherweli,.