Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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Juliana, as a female name, we have Fair Gillian of Croyden, and a thousand authorities. Such being the case, the Editor must enter his protest against the con­version of Gil Morrice into Child Maurice, an epithet of chivalry. All the circumstances in that ballad ar­gue, that the unfortunate hero was an obscure and very young man, who had never received the honour of knighthood. At any rate there can be no reason, even were internal evidence totally wanting, for alter­ing a well-known proper name, which, till of late years, has been the uniform title of the ballad." Scott.
May-a-Row, in Buchan's larger collection, ii. 231, is another, but an inferior, version of this ballad.
O Jell on Gbame sat in Silverwood, He sharp'd his broadsword lang;
And he has call'd his little foot-page An errand for to gang.
" Win up, my bonny boy," he says,                 s
" As quickly as ye may ; For ye maun gang for Lillie Flower
Before the break of day."—
1. Silverwood, mentioned in this ballad, occurs in a med­ley MS. song, which seems to have been copied from the first edition of the Aberdeen Cantus, penes John G. Dalyeil, Esq. advocate. One line only is cited, apparently the beginning of some song:—
" Silverwood, gin ye were mine." Scott.