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    Francis James Child
Excerpt from book: " I will not yield to a braken bush, Nor yet will I yield to a brier : va But I would yield to Earl Douglas, Or Sir Hugh the Montgomery, if he were here." As soon as he knew it was Montgomery, He struck his sword's point in the gronde: The Montgomery was a courteous knight, ias And quickly took him by the honde. This deed was done at the Otterbourne, About the breaking of the day : Earl Douglas was buried at the braken bush, And the Percy led captive away. no THE HUNTING OF THE CHEVIOT. In (he Battle of Otterbourne the story is told with all the usual accuracy of tradition, and the usual fairness of partizans. Not so with the following ballad, which is founded on the same event . " That which is commonly sung of the Hunting of Cheviot," says Hume of Godscroft truly, " seemeth indeed poetical, and a 140. Douglas was really buried in Melrose Abbey, where his tomb is still to be seen. mere fiction, perhaps to stir up virtue : yet a fiction whereof there is no mention either in the Scottish or English chronicle." When this ballad arose we do not know, but we may suppose that a considerable time would elapse before a minstrel would venture to treat an historical event with so much freedom. We must, however, allow some force to these remarks of Percy: " With regard to the subject of this ballad, although it has no countenance from history, there is room to think it had originally some foundation in fact. It was one of the laws of the Marches, frequently renewed between the nations, that neither party should hunt in the other's borders, without leave from the proprietors or their deputies. There had long been a rivalship between the two martial families of Percy and Douglas, which, heightened by the national quarrel, must have produced frequent...  
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