Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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172                 catskin's garland.
Though he be gon and dead
Yet lives he lastingly. Those bells that call'd him so,
" Turne again, Whittington," Call you back many moe                            m
■ To live so in London.
Moore's Pictorial Booh of Ancient Ballad Poetry, p. 696.
Ostlt in a very debased form is this enchanting tale preserved by English tradition. The following ballad is given, in the collection cited above, from a modern broadside, but has here received a few im­provements from two other copies cited by the ed­itor. Mr. Halliwell has printed another version of Catskin in The Nursery Rhymes of England, p. 48, Percy Society, vol. iv. The story is possessed by almost every nation in Europe. It is found not only among the Northern races, but among the Hungarians, Servians, Wallachians, Welsh, Italians, and French. In Germany it is current in a great variety of forms, the two most noteworthy of which are Aschenputtel, to which correspond Cennerentola in the Pentamerone (i. 6), the Cendrillon of Perrault, and the Finette Cendron of Madame d'Aulnoy; and Allerlei-Rauh, which is the same as the Peat* cCAne of Perrault, the She-Bear of the Pentamerone (ii. 6), and the Dora-