Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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- LORD RANDAL (B). From Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, (iii. 49.)
Scott changed the name of the hero of this piece from Lord Ronald to Lord Randal, on the authority of a single copy. The change is unimportant, but the reason will appear curious, if we remember that the Swedes and Germans have the ballad as well as the Scotch ;—" because, though the circumstances are so very different, I think it not impossible, that the ballad may have originally regarded the death of Thomas Randolph, or Randal, Earl of Murray, nephew to Robert Bruce, and governor of Scotland."
" 0 where hae ye been Lord Kandal, my son ? 0 where hae ye been, my handsome young
man?"— " I hae been to the wild wood ; mother make my
bed soon, For I'm weary wi' hunting, and fain wald lie