Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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terations. Lady Elizabeth "Wardlaw (ne'e Halket) undertook a revision of the ballad, and by expunging two worthless stanzas and adding three (those enclosed in brackets), produced the version here given, which is taken from Ritson's Scotish Songs, ii. 24. Percy's copy (Reliques, i. 335) is the same, with the omission of the ninth stanza, and Herd and Pinkerton have followed Percy.
Gilderoy was a bonny boy,
Had roses tull his shoone ; His stockings were of silken soy,
Wi' garters hanging doune. It was, I weene, a comelie sight,                    «
To see sae trim a boy ; He was my jo and hearts delight,
My handsome Gilderoy.
■ O sik twa charming een he had,
A breath as sweet as rose;                         w
He never ware a Highland plaid,
But costly silken clothes. He gain'd the luve of ladies gay,
Nane eir tul him was coy : Ah, wae is me ! I mourn the day,                 "
For my dear Gilderoy.
My Gilderoy and I were born
Baith in one toun together; We scant were seven years, beforn
We gan to luve each other ;                       20