Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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Minstreky of the Scottish Border, iii. 199.
" This edition of the ballad is composed of verses selected from three MS. copies, and two obtained from recitation. Two of the copies are in Herd's MS.; the third in that of Mrs. Brown of Falkland."
Lord Gregory is represented in Scott's version, " as confined by fairy charms in an enchanted castle situ­ated in the sea." But Jamieson assures us that when a boy he had frequently heard this ballad chanted in Morayshire, and no mention was ever made of en­chantment, or " fairy charms." " Indeed," he very justly adds, " the two stanzas on that subject [v. 41-52,] are in a style of composition very peculiar, and different from the rest of the piece, and strongly re­mind us of the interpolations in the ballad of Gil Mor­ris."