Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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Of this beautiful piece a complete copy was first published by Scott, another afterwards by Jamieson. Both are here given, the latter, as in some respects preferable, having the precedence. The ballad is found almost entire in Herd's Scottish Songs, i. 206, a short fragment in Johnson's Museum, p. 5, and a more con­siderable one, called Love Gregory, in Buchan's collec­tion, ii. 199. This last has been unnecessarily repeat­ed in a very indifferent publication of the Percy Society, vol. xvii. Dr. Wblcot, Burns, and Jamieson have written songs on the story of Fair Annie, and Cunningham has modernized Sir Walter Scotfs version, after his fashion, in the Songs of Scotland, i. 298.
Of his text, Jamieson remarks, " it is given verbatim from the large MS. collection, transmitted from Aber­deen, by my zealous and industrious friend, Professor Robert Scott of that university. I have every reason to believe, that no liberty whatever has been taken with the text, which is certainly more uniform than