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2 YOUNG BEICHAN AND SUSIE TYK.
English broadside (at p. 95 of the collection just cited) ; and Young Bondivell, published from Buchan's MS. in Scottish Traditionary Versions of Ancient Ballads, p. 1, (Percy Soc. vol. xvii.) identical, we suppose, with the copy referred to by Motherwell in Scarce Ancient Ballads, Peterhead, 1819. There is a well-known burlesque of the ordinary English ballad, called The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman, with comical illustrations by Cruikshank. On this was founded a burlesque drama, produced some years ago at the Strand Theatre, London, with great applause.
" This ballad, and that which succeeds it in this collection, (both on the same subject,) are given from copies taken from Mrs. Brown's recitation, collated with two other copies procured from Scotland, one in MS., another very good one printed for the stalls; a third, in the possession of the late Reverend Jonathan Boucher of Epsom, taken from recitation in the North of England; and a fourth, about one third as long as the others, which the Editor picked off an old wall in Piccadilly."
Jamieson's interpolations have been omitted.
In London was young Beichan born, He longed strange countries for to see ;
But he was taen by a savage moor, Who handled him right cruellie ;
For he viewed the fashions of that land; s Their way of worship viewed he ;
But to Mahound, or Termagant, Would Beichan never bend a knee.