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These Ballads have been already published in different collections, some in the Minstrelsy Of The ScotTish Border, others in the Tales Of Wonder, and some in both these Miscellanies. They are now first collected into one Volume. The Songs have been written at different times for the Musical Collections of Mr George Thomson and Mr Whyte.
LORD RONALD'S CORONACH.*
The tradition, upon which the following stanzas are founded, runs thus: While two Highland hunters were passing the night in a solitary bathy, (a hut, built for the purpose of hunting,) and making merry over their venison and whisky, one of them expressed a wish, that they had pretty lasses to complete their party. The words were scarcely uttered, when two beautiful young women, habited in green, entered the hut, dancing and singing. One of the hunters was seduced by the syren, who attached herself particularly to him, to leave the hut: the other remained, and, suspicious of the fair se
* Coronach is the lamentation for a deceased warrior, sung by the aged of the clan.