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ANCIENT PO EM S.

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The baron he stroakt his dark-brown cheeke,

And turnde his heade afyde
To whipe awaye the starting teare,

He proudly strave to hyde.

In deepe revolving thought he stoode,

185 And mufde a little space : Then raisde faire Emmeline from the grounde,

With many a fond embrace.

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XII.

EDOM O' GORDON,

A SCOTTISH BALLAD,

-was printed at Glasgow, by Robert and Andrew Foulis, MDCCLV. 8vo. 12 pages.-We are indebted for its publication (with many other valuable things in these volumes) to Sir David Dalrymple, Bart. who gave it as it was preserved in the memory of a lady, that is now dead.

The reader will here find it improved, and enlarged with several fine stanzas, recovered from a fragment of the same ballad, in the Editor's folio MS. It is remarkable that the latter is intitled CAPTAIN ADAM CARRE, and is in the English idiom. But whither the author was English or Scotch, the difference originally was not great. The English Ballads are generally of the North of England, the Scottish are of the South of Scotland, and of conjequence the country of Ballad-fingers was sometimes jubject to one crown, and sometimes to the other, and most frequently to neither. Most of the finest old Scotch longs have the scene laid within 20 miles of England; which is indeed all peetic ground, green bills, remains of woods, cleor brooks. The pastoral scenes remain : Of the rude chivalry of former ages happily nothing remains but the ruins of the castles, where the more daring and successful rabbers resided. The House, or Castle of the Rodes, stood about a meajured mile South from Duns in Berwickshire : Some of the ruins of it may be seen to this day. The Gordons were enciently seated in the Jame county : the two villages of Easi oad West Gordon lie

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