Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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" A fragment, and now printed in the hope that the remainder of it may hereafter be recovered. From circumstances, one would almost be inclined to trace it to a Danish source ; or it may be an episode of some forgotten Metrical Romance: but this cannot satisfactorily be ascertained, from its catastrophe being unfortunately wanting." Motherwell's Minstrelsy, p. 345.
The same is in Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, ii. 75.
When two lovers love each other weel,
Great sin it were them to twinn ; And this I speak from young Bearwell;
He loved a lady ying, The Mayor's daughter of Birktoun-brae,                   5
That lovely leesome thing.
One day when she was looking out, When washing her milk-white hands,
Then she beheld him young Bearwell, As he came in the sands.                                           io
9, That.