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Ar the beginning of this volume we gave the song of CHEVY-CHASE. The reader has here th proved edition of that fine heroic ballad. It v agreeable entertainment to the curious to com] gether, and to see how far the latter bard ha predecessor, and where he has fallen short though he has every where improved the vers generally the sentiment and diction, yet some

He had div

as the Engus.

retain more dignity in the ancient copy; at them with tak

reduced tu* ** Set their bow: au

soleteness of the style serves as a veil to might appear too familiar or vulgar in them. stance, the catastrophe of the gallant Wit! the modern copy expressed in terms which n sent to excite ridicule, whereas in the orig


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with a plain and pathetic simplicity, that is unter agree to unlucky effect. See the stanza in page 12, would do honour

orthography, &c. would run thus:

fat and circumpy, though in both confused


"For Witheringtor: 2T HOUT. I WOR

That ever no stai, saeuit be:

For when his legs were now 11 zwn,

He knelt and fough of his knee."

the stanza whici, uescribes the fall of Montgome hat more elevatec. in the ancient ecpy:

"The dint it was both. sad and sure,

He on Montgomery MBL:

The swan-feathers his arrow bore

With his heart's blood were wel."

P. 11.

also add, that the circumstances of the battle aty conceived, and the several incidents macre set in the old original, than in the improve

known that the ancient English weapon
and that this nation excelled all others 21
bottest warriors chiefly depended on the
the characteristic difference never escap-e-s
se description of the first onset (p. 7.-

the two galiant earls to determine the
being over-ruled, the English, say's
bows ready bent, gave a genera
1. which new seven score spearme
anding so severe a loss, Douglas
ground. He had dividei

as soon as the English ba
are down upon them with t-
their ranks, reduced the
pon this dropt their bows az a
and there followed so sharp

ades lost their lives" Iz
gement, at length the tw

ted rencounter agree as es that would do bar

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› it gives yet so lovely and ch commander above the Engidise Lost, 4to. 1745, p. 167. cture: the language seems too nd had it been printed even so I should have met with some copy

our noble queen,

ir of Bednal Green; see vol. ii. book ii.

towards the end of summer, they several days together, "with their if they took this liberty unperarden of the border so invaded, their sport and chastise their bold-markable instance that happened Den some Scotch gentlemen coming , there must have ensued such an Chey Chase, if the intruders had been proand well-armed; for upon their being arms, he tells us, "some hurt was given especiall order that they should possible." They were in effect overprisoners, and only released on their from such licentious sporting for the

Sas given from a copy in the Editor's two or three others printed in black volume of Dryden's Miscellanies may

of Chevy-Chase into Latin rhymes. enry Bold of New College, undertook a. Compton, bishop of London, who on to his episcopal character to avow cellent old ballad. See the preface to 205, 8vo.

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The stout Erle of Northumberland

A vow to God did make,
His pleasure in the Scottish woods
Three summers days to take;

The cheefest harts in Chevy-Chace
To kill and beare away.
These tydings to Erle Douglas came,
In Scotland where he lay:

Who sent Erle Percy present word,
He wold prevent his sport.

The English erle, not fearing that,
Did to the woods resort

With fifteen hundred bow-men bold;
All chosen men of might,

Who knew full well in time of neede
To ayme their shafts arright.

The gallant greyhounds swiftly ran,
To chase the fallow deere:
On munday they began to hunt,
Ere day-light did appeare;

And long before high noone they had
An hundred fat buckes slaine;
Then having din'd, the drovyers went
To rouze the deare againe.

The bow-men mustered on the hills,
Well able to endure;

Theire backsides all, with speciall care,

That day were guarded sure.

The hounds ran swiftly through the woods,
The nimble deere to take1,

Ver. 36, that they were. fol. MS.

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Formerly they had enough of both to justify the dee and in the Ancient Ballad of Chevy-Chase. Leland, thus describes this county:-"In Northumberforests, except Chivet Hills: where is much ke: grownde ovargrowne with Linge, and some y that Chivet Hills stretchethe xx miles. There , and Roo Bukkes."- Itinerary, vol. vii. p. 56. cur when pp. 19, 20, were printed off, confirm Nepotea ac lãe Stagge and the Roe.

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