Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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" There ne'er was man in Scotland born, Ordain'd to be so much forlorn; I've lost my ladye I lo,v'd sae dear, Likeways the son she did me bear."
" Put in your hand at my bed head, There ye'll find a gude grey horn;
In it three draps o' Saint Paul's ain blude, That hae been there sin' he was born.
" Drap twa o' them o' your ladye, And ane upo' your little young son ;
Then as lively they will be As the first night ye brought them hame."
He put his hand at her bed head,
And there he found a gude grey horn;
Wi' three draps o' Saint Paul's ain blude, That had been there sin' he was born.
Then he drapp'd twa on his ladye, And ane o' them on his young son;
And now they do as lively be, As the first day he brought them hame.
Note to v. 49-72. — A similar passage is found at p. 94 of this volame, v. 33-36, also vol. v. p. 178, v. 97-108, and p. 402, v. 169-176, and in the Scandinavian ballads cited in the preface to this ballad. In these last the lady frees her­self from the presence of the knight by sending him to get her some water, and she is found dead on his return. This incident, remarks Grimm, (Altdanische Eeldenlieder, p. 508), is also found in Wolfdietrich, Str. 1680-96.