Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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a stanza to the above effect, the substance of which is still remembered, though the words in which it was couched have been forgotten." Minstrelsy, p. 193.
Buchan's version, (Lord John's Murder, ii. 20,) it will be seen, supplies this deficiency.
Young Johnstone and the young Col'nel
Sat drinking at the wine : u O gin ye wad marry my sister,
It's I wad marry thine."
" I wadna marry your sister,                           
For a' your houses and land ; But I'll keep her for my leman,
When I come o'er the strand.
" I wadna marry your sister,
For a' your gowd so gay ;                          10
But I'll keep her for my leman,
When I come by the way."
Young Johnstone had a nut-brown sword,
Hung low down by his gair, •And he ritted it through the young Col'nel, «
That word he ne'er spak mair.
15. In the copy obtained by the Editor, the word " ritted " did not occur, instead of which the word " stabbed " was used. The " nut-brown sword " was also changed into " a little small sword." Mothebweix.