Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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Fragments of the story were printed in Select Scotish Songs, by Robert Burns, edited by R. H. Cromek, ii. 199, and in Maidment's North Countrie Garland, p. 44; a complete copy in the Thistle of Scotland, p. 93. Chambers has combined the fragĀ­ments of Burns and Maidment with a third version furnished by Mr. Kinloch, and has produced a ballad which is on the whole the most eligible for this place. {Scottish Ballads, p. 175.) In the Appendix may be seen the editions above referred to, and also Eppie Morrie, a ballad founded on a similar incident.
This sort of kidnapping seems to have been the commonest occurrence in the world in Scotland. Sharpe has collected not a few cases in his Ballad Book, p. 99, and he gives us two stanzas of another ballad.
The Highlandmen hae a' cum down,
They've a' come down almost, They've stowen away the bonny lass,
The Lady of Arngosk.
Behind her back they've tied her hands,
An' then they set her ou; " I winna gang wi' you," she said,
" Nor ony Highland loon."
Rob Rot frae the Hielands cam
Unto the Lawland Border, To steal awa a gay ladye,
To haud his house in order.
He cam ower the loch o' Lynn,                         i
Twenty men his arms did carry;