Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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318                        CLERK SAUNDERS.
But cold they not have holden me,                          m
When I was in all that wrath 1
" Ffor I have slaine one of the eourteousest knights
That ever bestrode a steede; Soe have I done one of the fairest ladyes
That ever ware womans weede."                         ia>
CLERK SAUNDERS. See p. 45. From Jamieson's Popular Ballads and Songs, i. 83.
" The following copy was transmitted by Mrs. Ar-rott of Aberbrothick. The stanzas, where the seven brothers are introduced, have been enlarged from two fragments, which, although very defective in them­selves, furnished lines which, when incorporated with the text, seemed to improve it. Stanzas 21 and 22, were written by the editor; the idea of the rose being suggested by the gentleman who recited, but who could not recollect the language in which it was ex­pressed."
This copy of Clerk Saundersi bears traces of having been made up from several sources. A portion of the