Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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GEOEDIE.                               93
piece, and mentions one styled Geordie Luklie. Kin-loch prints a version not materially different from that of the Museum. Allan Cunningham has reprinted the Museum copy with less change than is customary with him; Songs of Scotland, ii. 186. We give in the Appendix a ballad from Buchan, called Gight's Lady, which contains a story widely diverse from that which follows. In Kitson's Northumberland Garland, p. 43, there is a " lamentable ditty" on the death of one George Stoole, which appears to be an imitation of the Scottish ballad.
There was a battle in the north,
And nobles there was many, And they hae kill'd Sir Charlie Hay,
And they laid the wyte on Geordie.
O he has written a lang letter,                                »
He sent it to his lady; " Ye maun cum up to Enbrugh town,
To see what word's o' Geordie."
"When first she look'd the letter on
She was baith red and rosy,                                w
But she had na read a word but twa,
Till she wallow't like a lily.
" Gar get to me my gude grey steed,
My menzie a' gae wi' me, For I shall neither eat nor drink,                          u
Till Enbrugh town shall see me."