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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