Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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192                          FAIR ANNIE.
complete copy, from recitation in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. Two other copies, also from OTal tradition, were inserted by Jamieson in the Appen­dix to his Popular Ballads, (Lady Jane, ii. 371, Burd Helen, ii. 376,) and from these he constructed the edition of Lady Jane, printed at p. 73 of the same volume. Motherwell (Minstrelsy) affords still another variety, and Chambers has compiled a ballad from all these sources and a manuscript furnished by Mr. Kinloeh, (Scottish Ballads, p. 186.)
In this collection we have adopted the versions of Scott and Motherwell, giving Jamieson's translation of Skjcen Anna in our Appendix.
" It's narrow, narrow, make your bed,
And learn to lie your lane ; For I'm gaun o'er the sea, Fair Annie,
A braw bride to bring kame. Wi' her I will get gowd and gear ;                e
Wi' you I ne'er got nane.
" But wha will bake my bridal bread,
Or brew my bridal ale ? And wha will welcome my brisk bride,
That I bring o'er the dale ? "—                 10
" It's I will bake your bridal bread,
And brew your bridal ale ; And I will welcome your brisk bride,
That you bring o'er the dale."—