Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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ed. After stating that he had some recollection of the ballad which follows, the biographer of Burns proceeds thus:—" I once in my early days heard (for it was night, and I could not see) a traveller drowning; not in the Annan itself, but in the Frith of Solway, close by the mouth of that river. The influx of the tide had unhorsed him, in the night, as he was passing the sands from Cumberland. The west wind blew a tempest, and, according to the common expression, brought in the water three foot a-breast. The traveller got upon a standing net, a little way from the shore. There he lashed himself to the post, shouting for half an hour for assistance—till the tide rose over his head ! In the darkness of the night, and amid the pauses of the hur­ricane, his voice, hoard at intervals, was exquisitely mournful. No one could go to his assistance—no one knew where he was—the sound seemed to proceed from the spirit of the waters. But morning rose—the tide had ebbed—and the poor traveller was found lashed to the pole of the net, and bleaching in the wind.' "
" Annan water's wading deep,
And my love Annie's wondrous bonny ;
And I am laith she suld weet her feet, Because I love her best of ony.
" Gar saddle me the bonny black,                       J
Gar saddle sune, and make him ready;
For I will down the Gatehope-Slack, And all to see my bonny ladye." —