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Clerk Colvill

Child 42A, from William Tytlers Brown MS, as recited by Anna Gordon (later Mrs Brown) in 1783
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0B(t o(t ye ta- yo(r little )en6-ni&e An &rae my sar- ye s$ear a *are, c(t a stri) +ow t$at abo(t yo(r lo'ely $ead, wra) And t$e )ain yell ne'er &eel nae mair 3 1(t $e $as taen $is little )en6-ni&e, An &rae $er sar- $es s$orn a *are, +owd t$at abo(t $is lo'ely $ead, B(t t$e )ain increased mair, . mair

2. 23 1romise me !ow, Clerk Colvill, 3r it will ost ye mu kle strife, m(c$ tro(ble 4ide !ever by the wells of 5l"!e, 6f ye w"d live "!d brook your life.# wo(ld, end(re &. 27ow s1e"k !"e m"ir, my lusty d"me, 7ow s1e"k !"e m"ir of th"t to me0 .id 6 !eer see " f"ir wom"!, But 6 w"d si! with her body8# 4. /e#s t"e! le"ve o his g"y l"dy, 7ought mi!di!g wh"t his l"dy s"id, A!d he#s rode by the wells of 5l"!e, Where w"shi!g w"s " bo!!y m"id.
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1. #lar- #ol'en . $is *ay /ady, As t$ey wal-d to yon *arden *reen, A Belt abo(t $er middle *im), W$ic$ cost #lar- #ol'en crowns &i&teen 2 01 $ear-en well now my *ood /ord, 1 $ear-en weel to w$at 2 say, W$en ye *ae to t$e walls o Stream Be sure ye tou h !"e well f"r#d $"y.% 01 $ad yo(r ton*(e my *ay /ady, An dinna dea'e me wi yo(r din, ,or 2 saw ne'er a &air woman B(t wi $er body 2 co(d sin 3 4e mo(nted on $is berry brown steed, An merry, merry rade $e on, Till $e came to t$e walls o stream, An t$ere $e saw t$e Mermaiden 05e was$, ye was$, ye bonny May, And ays ye was$ yo(r sar- o sil- 3 02ts a &or yo(, ye *entle -ni*$t, My s-in is w$iter t$an t$e mil- 3 4es taen $er by t$e mil-6w$ite $and, And li-ewise by t$e *rass6*reen slee'e, An laid $er down ()on t$e *reen,, !or o& $is /ady s)eerd $e lea'e 01$on7 Alas7 (says #lar- #ol'en) 0And ay sae sairs 2 mean my $ead83 And merrily le(*$ t$e mermaiden, 9 01 e'en on, till ye be dead3 9

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10 01$on7 alas73 (says #lar- #ol'en) alas 0An ay sae sairs 2 mean my $ead83 sore, lament An merrily le(*$ t$e mermaiden, 0Twill ay be war till ye be dead worse 11 T$en o(t $e drew $is tr(sty blade, An t$o(*$t wi it to be $er dead8 B(t s$e became a &is$ a*ain, And merrily s)ran* into t$e &leed 12 4es mo(nted on $is berry brown steed, An dowy, dowy rade $e $ame, #,ill he "me to his -"dy#s bow#r door An $ea'ily $e li*$ted down 1& 01 mit$er, mit$er, ma- my bed, An *entle /ady lay me down8 1 brit$er, brit$er, (nbend my bow, Twill ne'er be bent by me a*ain 3
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'. 2W"sh o!, w"sh o!, my bo!!y m"id, ,h"t w"sh s"e le"! your s"rk of silk0# 2A!d weel f" you, f"ir ge!tlem"!, well be&all 9our body whiter th"! the milk.# (. ,he! loud, loud ry#d the Clerk Colvill, 23 my he"d it 1"i!s me s"ir0# 2,he! t"ke, the! t"ke,# the m"ide! s"id, 2A!d fr"e my s"rk you#ll ut " g"re.# ) ,he! she#s gied him " little b"!e:k!ife, *i'en A!d fr"e her s"rk he ut " sh"re0 5he#s ty#d it rou!d his whey:white f" e, But "y his he"d it "ked m"ir. ac$ed more ,he! louder ry#d the Clerk Colvill, 23 s"irer, s"irer "kes my he"d0# 2A!d s"irer, s"irer ever will,# ,he m"ide! rys, #,ill you be de"d.# 3ut the! he drew his shi!i!g bl"de, ,hi!ki!g to sti k her where she stood, But she w"s v"!ishd to " fish, A!d sw"m f"r off, " f"ir merm"id.
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14 4is mit$er s$e $as made $is bed, 4is *entle /ady laid $im down, 4is brot$er $e $as (nbent $is bow, Twas ne'er bent by $im a*ain Child :;B, &rom T$e Ancient and Modern Scots Son*s, ed. ."vid /erd, 1)(+

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1. Clerk Colvill "!d his lusty d"me Were w"lki!g i! the g"rde! gree!0 ,he belt "rou!d her st"tely w"ist Cost Clerk Colvill of 1ou!ds fiftee!.

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10 23 mother, mother, br"id my h"ir0 $y lusty l"dy, m"ke my bed0 3 brother, t"ke my sword "!d s1e"r, ;or 6 h"ve see! the f"lse merm"id.#

Optional Course English and Scottish Ballads texts 4 - 1

T$e Great Sil-ie o& S(le S-erry


Child 11&, olle ted i! 5hetl"!d "!d first 1ublished i! T$e <roceedin*s o& t$e Society o& Anti=(aries o& Scotland, 1*'2. 1. A! e"rtly !ourris sits "!d si!g, mortal n(rse A!d "ye she si!gs, B", lily we"!< lo'ely c$ild -ittle ke! 6 my b"ir!is f"ther, -now, c$ilds ;"r less the l"!d th"t he st"1s i!. li'es ,he! "!e "rose "t her bed:fit, one, bed6&oot A! " grumly guest 6#m sure w"s he: &ierce 2/ere "m 6, thy b"ir!is f"ther, Although th"t 6 be !ot omelie. $andsome 26 "m " m"!, u1o the l"!, A! 6 "m " silkie i! the se"0 A!d whe! 6#m f"r "!d f"r fr"e l"!, $y dwelli!g is i! 5ule 5kerrie.#
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,he >rey 5el hie of 5hool 5kerry


A versio! olle ted i! 3rk!ey "!d 1ublished i! 1**&. 1. 6! 7orw"y l"!ds there lived " m"id, 2/ush, b", loo lillie,# this m"id beg"!0 26 k!ow !ot where my b"by#s f"ther is, Whether by l"!d or se" does he tr"vel i!.# 2. 6t h"11e!ed o! " ert"i! d"y, Whe! this f"ir l"dy fell f"st "slee1, ,h"t i! "m# " good grey sel hie, A!d set him doo! "t her bed feet, &. 5"yi!g, 2Aw"k#, "w"k#, my 1retty f"ir m"id. ;or oh< how sou!d "s thou dost slee1< A!# 6#ll tell thee where thy b"by#s f"ther is0 /e#s sitti!# lose "t thy bed feet.# 4. 26 1r"y, ome tell to me thy !"me, 3h< tell me where does thy dwelli!g be8# 2$y !"me it is good /ei! $"iler, A!# 6 e"r! my livi!# oot o# the se". '. 26 "m " m"! u1o! the l"!d0 6 "m " sel hie i! the se"0 A!# whi! 6#m f"r fr"e every str"!d, $y dwelli!# is i! 5hool 5kerrie.# (. 2Al"s< "l"s< this woeful f"te< ,his we"ry f"te th"t#s bee! l"id for me< ,h"t " m"! should ome fr"e the W"st o# /oy, ,o the 7orw"y l"!ds to h"ve " b"ir! wi# me.# ). 2$y de"r, 6#ll wed thee with " ri!g, With " ri!g, my de"r, 6#ll wed wi# thee.# 2,hoo m"y go wed thee wedde!s wi# whom thoo wilt0 ;or 6#m sure thoo#ll !ever wed !o!e wi# me.# *. 2,hoo will !urse my little wee so! ;or seve! lo!g ye"rs u1o# thy k!ee, A!# "t the e!d o# seve! lo!g ye"rs 6#ll ome b" k "!# 1"y the !orish fee.#

+. 5he#s !ursed her little wee so! ;or seve! lo!g ye"rs u1o# her k!ee, A!# "t the e!d o# seve! lo!g ye"rs /e "m# b" k wi# gold "!# white mo!ie. 10. 5he s"ys, 2$y de"r, 6#ll wed thee wi# " ri!g, With " ri!g, my de"r, 6#ll wed wi# thee.# 2,hoo m"y go wed thee wedde!s wi# whom thoo will0 ;or 6#m sure thoo#ll !ever wed !o!e wi# me. 11. 2But 6#ll 1ut " gold h"i! "rou!d his !e k, A!# " gey good gold h"i! it#ll be, 'ery ,h"t if ever he omes to the 7orw"y l"!ds, ,hoo m"y h"e " gey good guess o! hi#. 12. 2A!# thoo will get " gu!!er good, A!# " gey good gu!!er it will be, A!# he#ll g"e oot o! " $"y mor!i!# A!# shoot the so! "!# the grey sel hie.# 1&. 3h< she h"s got " gu!!er good, A!# " gey good gu!!er it w"s he, A!# he g"ed oot o! " $"y mor!i!#, A!# he shot the so! "!d the grey sel hie. W$en t$e *(nner ret(rned &rom $is e%)edition and s$owed t$e !orway woman t$e *old c$ain, w$ic$ $e $ad &o(nd ro(nd t$e nec- o& t$e yo(n* seal, t$e )oor woman, realisin* t$at $er son $ad )eris$ed, *i'es e%)ression to $er sorrow in t$e last stan>a"? 14. 2Al"s< "l"s< this woeful f"te< ,his we"ry f"te th"t#s bee! l"id for me<# A!# "! e or twi e she sobbed "!d sighed, A!# her te!der he"rt did br"k i! three.

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26t w"s !" weel,# =uo the m"ide! f"ir, well, said 26t w"s !" weel, i!deed,# =uo she, 2,h"t the >re"t 5ilkie of 5ule 5kerrie 5uld h"e ome "!d "ught " b"ir! to me.# 7ow he h"s t"e! " 1urse of goud, A!d he h"s 1"t it u1o her k!ee, 5"yi!, >ie to me my little you!g so!, A! t"k thee u1 thy !ourris:fee.
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A! it s"ll ome to 1"ss o! " simmer#s d"y, Whe! the si! shi!es het o! ever" st"!e, $ot ,h"t 6 will t"k my little you!g so!, A! te" h him for to swim the f"em. &oam A! thu s"ll m"rry " 1roud gu!!er, A! " 1roud gu!!er 6#m sure he#ll be, A! the very first s hot th"t ere he s hoots, /e#ll s hoot b"ith my you!g so! "!d me.

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Optional Course English and Scottish Ballads texts 4 - 2

?i!g 3rfeo
Child 1+, su!g i! 5hetl"!d i! the mid:!i!etee!th e!tury. ,he refr"i! 1reserves some words of 7or!, the 5 "!di!"vi"! l"!gu"ge o! e s1oke! i! 3rk!ey "!d 5hetl"!d, 1erh"1s me"!i!g: @,he wood grows e"rly gree!, where the h"rt ABdeerC goes ye"rly.% 1. .er lived " ki!g i!t" d" "ste, Scowan @rla *r@n .er lived " l"dy i! d" w"st. W$ar *iorten $an *r@n oarlac 2. .is ki!g he h"s " hu!ti! g"e!, /e#s left his -"dy 6s"bel "l"!e. &. 23h 6 wis ye#d !ever g"e! "w"y, ;or "t your h"me is dDl "! w"e. 4. 2;or d" ki!g o ;errie we his d"ert, /"s 1ier ed your l"dy to d" hert.# EEEEE '. A!d "ifter dem d" ki!g h"s g"e!, But wh"! he "m it w"s " grey st"!e. (. ."! he took oot his 1i1es t" 1l"y, Bit s"ir his hert wi dDl "! w"e. ). A!d first he 1l"yed d" !otes o !oy, A! d"! he 1l"yed d" !otes o Foy. *. A! d"! he 1l"yed d" gDd g"bber reel, ."t mei ht h" m"de " si k hert h"le. +. 27oo ome ye i! i!t" wir h", A! ome ye i! "mo!g wis "#.# 10. 7ow he#s g"e! i! i!t" der h", A! he#s g"e! i! "mo!g dem "#. 11. ."! he took out his 1i1es to 1l"y, Bit s"ir his hert wi dDl l "! w"e. 12. A! first he 1l"yed d" !otes o !oy, A! d"! he 1l"yed d" !otes o Foy.
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1&. A! d"! he 1l"yed d" gDd g"bber reel, ."t mei ht h" m"de " si k hert h"le. 14. 27oo tell to us wh"t ye will h"e: Wh"t s"ll we gie you for your 1l"y8 1'. 2Wh"t 6 will h"e 6 will you tell, A! d"t#s me -"dy 6s"bel.# 1(. 29ees t"k your l"dy, "! yees g"e!g h"me, A! yees be ki!g ower "# your "i!.# 1). /e#s t"e! his l"dy, "! he#s g"e! h"me, A! !oo he#s ki!g ower "# his "i!.
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*. But whe! the -ords w"s f"e! "slee1, /er or1s out of the house did swee1.

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+. 7ow he#s "w"# to the wood, wood were, wild A!d there he#s to sit till grow! o#er wi h"ir. 10. /e h"d !ot sitte! seve! lo!g ye"rs, ,ill " om1"!y to him drew !e"r. 11. 5ome did ride "!d some did gi!g, /e s"w his -"dy them "mo!g. 12. ,here stood " /"" u1o! yo! hill, ,here we!t "" the -"dies tilt. 1&. /e#s l"id him o! his belly to swim, Whe! he "me it w"s " gr"y st"!e. 14. 7ow he#s set him dow! ful w"e, A!d he#s t"e! out his 1i1es to 1l"y. 1'. ;irst he 1l"yed the !otes of !oy0 ,he! he 1l"yed the !otes of Foy.
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?i!g 3r1heus
A versio! of Child 1+, re orded i! 5hetl"!d i! 1*(' GteHt from Imily -yle, ed., Scottis$ Ballads, 1++4, with s1elli!g "!d 1u! tu"tio!s slightly editedJ. 5t"!K"s ):12 here fill i! the g"1 betwee! 4 "!d ' i! the 1revious teHt. 1. ,here lived " -"dy i! yo! /"", Scowan orla *roan8 /er !"me w"s -"dy -is" Bell, W$ere *(rtin *rew &or !orla 2. 3!e d"y the ?i!g ":hu!ti!g we!t0 ,hey wou!ded the -"dy to the he"rt. &. ,he ?i!g of the ;"iries wi his d"rt Wou!ded his -"dy to the he"rt. 4. 5o whe! the ?i!g "me home "t !oo!, /e "sked for -"dy -is" Bell. '. /is !obles u!to him did s"y: 2$y l"dy w"s wou!ded, but !oo she is de"d.# (. 27ow they h"ve t"e! her life fr" me, But her or1s they#s !ever h".# ). 7ow he h"ve "lled his !obles "", ,o w"ltKe her or1s i!to the /"".
ta-en t$eyll all watc$, in wit$ $all

1(. A!d the! he 1l"yed the g"ber reel, (see note) ,h"t might " m"de " si k he"rt he"l. w$ole A $ealt$y 1). ,here "me " boy out of the /"": 29e#re bidde! to ome i! "mo!g us "".# 1*. ,he foremost m"! to him did s"y: 2Wh"t thou h"# for thy 1l"y8# w$at will yo( $a'eB 1+. 2;or my 1l"y 6 will thee tell, 6#ll h"# my -"dy -is" Bell.# 20. 2,hy sister#s so!, th"t u!worthy thi!g. ,omorrow is to be row!ed ?i!g. 21. 2But thou#s t"ke her "!d thou#s go hem, A!d thou sh"lt be ki!g oe#r thy ow!.#
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Optional Course English and Scottish Ballads texts 4 - 3

Minat Terkait