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T'he lazar under the gallowes tree
\Vas comelye, straight and tall; King Henrye made him his head stewarde To wayte withinn his hall.
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THE G A B E RL UN ZIE M A N.
A SCOTTISH SONG.
Tradition falfused us that the author of this song was K. James V. of Scotland. This prince (zwboje character for wit and libertinism bears a great resemblance to that of his gay fuccefjor Charles 11.) was noted for frolling about his dominions in disguise t, and for his frequent galluntries with country girls. Two adventures of this kind he hash celebrated with his own pen, viz. in this ballad of THE GABERLUNZIE MAN ; and in another intitled THE JOLLY BEGGAR, beginning thus, Thair was a jollie beggar, and a begging he was boun, And he tuik up his quarters into a land’art toun.
Fa, la, la, &c. It seems to be the latter of these ballads (which was too licentious to be admitted into this colle&tion) that is meant in the Catalogue of Royal and Noble Authors *, where the ingenious writer remarks, That there is something very ludicrous in the young woman's distress when she thought her first favour had been thrown away upon a beggar.
Bp. Tanner kas attributed to James V. the celebrated Ballad of CHRIST's KIRK ON THE GREEN, which is acribed to K. James 1. in Bannatyne's MS, written in 1568: And notwithstanding ihat authority, the Editor of this Book is of opinion that Bp. T'anner was right,
K. JAMES V. died Dec. 13th, 1542, aged 33.
+ fo. of a tinker, beggar, c*c. Thus be used to visit a Smith's doughter ai Nidary near Edinburgb.
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* Vol. 2. p. 203.