Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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'218            THE BATTLE OP BALRINNES.
tion of Dalzell just mentioned, vol. ii. p. 347. There is a copy in the Pepys Collection, .and another in the Advocates' Library, printed at Edinburgh in 1681. The ballad is also printed, undoubtedly from a stall copy, in Scarce Ancient Ballads, p. 29. The first four stanzas had previously been given in Jamieson's Popular Ballads, ii. 144. The older version of Dal­zell is somewhat defective, and abounds in errors, which, as well as the vitiated orthography, are attrib­uted to the ignorance of an English transcriber. The omissions are here supplied in the margin from the other copies. •
Betuixt Dunother and Aberdein,
I rais and tuik the way, Beleiuing weill it had not beine
Nought halff ane hour to day. The lift was clad with cloudis gray,                        5
And owermaskit was the moone, Quhilk me deceaued whair I lay,
And maid me ryss ouer soone.
On Towie Mounth I mett a man,
Weill grathed in his gear:                                   10
Quoth I, " Quhat neues ? " then he begane
To tell a fitt of warre. Quoth he, "Of lait I heir,
Ane bloodie broust there was brouine,
13-24. Saying, " The ministers, I fear,
A bloody browst have brown,                            W
For yesterday, withouthen mair, . On the hill at Stradown,