Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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Printed from Mrs. Brown's recitation, in Jamie-son's Popular Ballads, i. 117. We have restored the text by omitting some interpolations of the editor, and three concluding stanzas by the same, which, contrary to all authority, gave a tragic turn to the story.
Lord John stood in his stable door,
Said he was boun to ride; Burd Ellen stood in her bower door,
Said she'd rin by his side.
He's pitten on his cork-heel'd shoon,              t
And fast awa rade he ; She's clad hersel in page array,
And after him ran she :
Till they came till a wan water,
And folks do call it Clyde ;                        10
Then he's lookit o'er his left shoulder,
Says, " Lady, will ye ride ? "