Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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From Sharpe's Ballad Booh, p. 81.
There is a resemblance in two points between this ballad and the Danish Greve Genselin (Grundtvig, No. 16, translated by Jamieson, Illustrations, p. 310). The characters in both are giants: the smallest kemp that danced at Genselin's bridal was " fifteen ells to his knee." Secondly, the bridal in the one ballad and the wooing in the other are described in a style of ex­travagant parody; more gross in the English, how­ever, than in the Danish, where it is confined to the bride's enormous appetite. This portion of Greve Genselin occurs also in Tord af Havsgaard (Grundt­vig, No. 1), which ballad is founded upon the story of Thor's Hammer in the Edda.
Kempy Kaye's a wooing gane,
Far far ayont the sea, An' he has met with an auld auld man,
His gudefather to be.
" Gae scrape yeersel, and gae scart yeersel, s And mak your bruchty face clean,
For the wooers are to be here the nicht, And yeer body's to be seen.
" What's the matter wi' you, my fair maiden, You luk so pale and wan ?                                  w
I'm sure you was once the fairest maiden That ever the sun shined on."
7, 8. Yar. For Kempy Kaye's to be here the nicht, Or else the morn at een.