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copy of the Collection by which his name was first established, inserting various readings as chance threw them in his way, and enriching his annotations with whatever new lights conversation or books supplied. The Work is now printed according to the copy thus finally corrected, with some notes, distinguished by brackets, in which the Editor has endeavoured to compress such additional information concerning the incidents and localities mentioned in the Minstrelsy, as he could gather from the private correspondence of Sir Walter Scott, now in his hands, or remembered to have dropt from his lips in the course of his rides among the scenery
of Border warfare.
One of the Reviewers of the Minstrelsy, when it first appeared, said, "In this collection are the materials for scores of metrical romances.' This was a prophetic critic. In the text and notes of this early publication, we can now trace the primary incident, or broad out
line of almost every romance, whether in verse or in prose, which Sir Walter Scott built in after life on the history or traditions of his country. The Editor has added references by which the reader will find it easy to compare the original detached anecdote, or brief sketch of character in these pages, with the expanded or embellished narratives and delineations of the Author's greater poems and novels.
The airs of some of these old ballads are for the first time appended to the present edition. The selection includes those which Sir Walter Scott himself liked the best; and they are transcribed, without variation, from the MSS. in his library.
According to Mr Motherwell, the Editor of Minstrelsy, Ancient and Modern, 1827," the Old Ballads, which appeared for the first time in this collection, are forty-three in number, viz. Auld Maitland, The Song of the Outlaw
Murray, Lord Ewrie, The Lochmaben Harper, b
Jamie Telfer of the fair Dodhead, Kinmont Willie, The Death of Featherstonehaugh, Bartrame's Dirge, Archie o' Ca'field, Johnny Armstrong's Good Night, The Lads of Wamphray, The Battle of Philiphaugh, The Gallant Grahames, The Battle of Pentland Hill, The Battle of Loudon Hill, The Battle of Bothwell Bridge, Erlington, The Douglas Tragedy, Young Benjie, Proud Lady Margaret, Sir Hugh Le Blond, Grome and Bewick, The Lament of the Border Widow, Johnnie of Braidislee, Katharine Janfarie, The Dowie Dens of Yarrow, The Gay Goss-hawk, Brown Adam, Jellon Grahame, Willie's Lady, Clerk Saunders, The Demon Lover, Rose the Red and White Lilly, Fause Foudrage, Kempion, The Wife of Usher's Well, King Henry, Prince Robert, Annan Water, The Cruel Sister, The Quen's Marie, The Bony Hind, and Thomas the Rhymer.
Mr. Motherwell adds-"Fortunate it was for the heroic and legendary song of Scotland that
the work was undertaken, and still more fortunate that its execution devolved upon one so well qualified in every respect to do its subject the most ample justice. Long will it live, a noble and interesting monument of his unwearied research, curious and minute learning, genius, and taste. It is truly a patriot's legacy to posterity; and much as it may be now esteemed, it is only in times yet gathering in the bosom of futurity, when the interesting traditions, the chivalrous and romantic legends, the wild superstitions, the tragic songs of Scotland, have wholly failed from the living memory, that this gift can be duly appreciated. It is then that these volumes will be conned with feelings akin to religious enthusiasm, that their strange and mystic lore will be treasured up in the heart as the precious record of days for ever passed away -that their grand stern legends will be listened to with reverential awe, as if the voice of a remote ancestor from the depths of the tomb, had
woke the thrilling strains of martial antiquity." -P. lxxix.
The drawings executed for the illustration of the present volume, and indeed of all the volumes of the series which it commences, are from the hand of Mr Turner, to whom the subjects were pointed out by Sir Walter Scott, when that great artist visited him at Abbotsford in the autumn of 1830.
J. G. L.
LONDON, March 12, 1833.