Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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From Percy's Reliques, i. 40; printed from a manuĀ­script copy sent from Scotland.
Mirryland tonne is a corruption of Merry Lincoln, and not, as Percy conjectured, of Mailand (Milan) town. In Motherwell's copy we have Maitland town.
The rain rins doun through Mirry-land toune,
Sae dois it doune the Pa: Sae dois the lads of Mirry-land toune,
Quhan they play at the ba'.
Than out and cam the Jewis dochter,            t
Said, " Will ye cum in and dine ? "
" I winnae cum in, I cannae cum in, Without my play-feres nine."
Scho powd an apple reid and white,
To intice the zong thing in :                       m
Scho powd an apple white and reid, And that the sweit bairne did win.