Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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Fkom Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, ii. 212. Another version is given in Buchan's Glean­ings, p. 127, and a third by Kinloch, p. 93. Kinloch considers that the ballad may relate to the secret expe­dition of James V. to France, in 1536, in search of a wife. In the last verse of his copy of the ballad, Lord Thomas turns out to be no less a man than the King of Scotland.
Seven years the king he staid
Into the land of Spain, And seven years true Thomas was
His daughter's chamberlain.
But it fell ance upon a day                                       s
The king he did come home; She beked and she benjed ben,
And did him there welcome.
" What aileth you, my daughter, Janet,
You look sae pale and wan ?                               w
There is a dreder in your heart, Or else ye love a man." VOL. IV.                              20