Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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" Given," says Motherwell, " from the recitation of an old woman, a native of Bonhill, in Dumbarton­shire ; and it is one of the earliest songs she remem­bers of having heard chanted on the classic banks of the Water of Leaven."—Minstrelsy, p. 200.
Another copy is noted by the same editor as con­taining the following stanzas:—
Lord Robert and Mary Florence,
They wer twa children ying; They were scarce seven years of age
Till Iuve began to spring. Lord Eobert loved Mary Florence,
And she Iov'd him above power; But he durst not for his cruel mither
Bring her intill his bower.
. It's fifty miles to Sittingen's rocks,
As ever was ridden or gane ; And Earl Eobert has wedded a wife, But he dare na bring her hame.
And Earl Robert has wedded a wife, &c