Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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The four pieces which follow have all the same sub­ject. Lord Thomas and Fair Ellinor, is given from the Collection of Old Ballads, 1723, vol. i. p. 249, where it is entitled, A Tragical Ballad on the unfortu­nate Love of Lord Thomas and Fair Ellinor, togeth­er with the Downfal of the Brown Girl. The text dif­fers but slightly from that of Percy, (iii. 121,) and Rit-son, Ancient Songs, ii. 89.
Lord Thomas he was a bold forrester,
And a chaser of the king's deer; Fair Ellinor was a fine woman,
And Lord Thomas he loved her dear
" Come riddle my riddle, dear mother," he said, " And riddle us both as one ;                           6
Whether I shall marry with fair Ellinor, And let the brown girl alone ? "