Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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From Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, iii. 162.
" This ballad is published from tradition, with some conjectural emendations. It is corrected by a copy in Mrs. Brown's MS., from which it differs in the conclud­ing stanzas. Some verses are apparently modernized.
" Jellon seems to be the same name with Jyllian, or Julian. ' Jyl of Brentford's Testament' is mentioned in Warton's History of Poetry, vol. ii. p. 40. The name repeatedly occurs in old ballads, sometimes as that of a man, at other times as that of a woman. Of the former is an instance in the ballad of The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter. [See this collection, vol. iii. p. 253.]
' Some do call me Jack, sweetheart, And some do call me Jitle.'
" Witton Gilbert, a village four miles west of Dur­ham, is, throughout the bishopric, pronounced Witton Jilbert. We have also the common name of Giles, always in Scotland pronounced Jill. For Gille, or