Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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A " North Country " version from Kinloch's Ancient Scottish Ballads, p. 252. The Editor furnishes the two following stanzas of another copy:—
My father is the Duke of Argyle,
My mother's a lady gay, And I mysel am a daintie dame,
And the king desired me.
He shaw'd me up, he shaw'd me doun,
He shaw'd me to the ha', He shaw'd me to the low cellars,
And that was warst of a'.
In one of Motherwell's copies, and in Buchan's, the heroine calls herself daughter of the Duke of York.
" Whan I was a babe, and a very little babe,
And stood at my mither's knee, Nae witch nor warlock did unfauld
The death I was to dree.