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In Herd's collection of " Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs,” this ballad may be found, published
there without note or commer Whatever poetical me it may have, is very meagre in its de. taiļs. It does not even allude to the mode in which the Lady Frennet cruelly and inhospitably put her young guest to death, although the Scottish historians, and some ballad makers after them, have detailed the circum tances, as they occured in 1630. She lodged them in a tower, and having secured the doors and windows, set fire to it, and burned them. Some versions describe this fearful catastrophe with a minuteness terribly graphic.
Bear witness, a’ye powers on bigh !
Ye lights that 'gin to shine! This nicht shall prove the sacred cord
That knits your faith and mine.'
The lady slie, with honey'd words,
Enticed the youths to stay; But morning sun ne'er shone upon
Lord John and Rothiemay.
Da. Peroy, from the fourth edition of whose " Reliques" this interesting ballad is quoted, styles it an
“Old Romantic Legend." Nothing is known of its original authorship.