The Child Ballads

Francis J. ChildThe Child Ballads are a collection of 305 ballads from England and Scotland, and their American variants, collected by Francis James Child in the late nineteenth century. The collection was published as The English and Scottish Popular Ballads between 1882 and 1898 by Houghton Mifflin in ten volumes and later reissued in a five-volume edition. 

Riddles Wisely Expounded—1
The Elfin Knight—2
The Fause Knight Upon the Road—3
Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight—4
Gil Brenton—5
Willie’s Lady—6
Earl Brand—7
The Fair Flower of Northumberland—9
The Twa Sisters [or Minnorie or Binnorie]—10
The Cruel Brother—11
Lord Randall—12
Babylon; or, The Bonnie Banks o Fordie—14
Leesome Brand—15
Sheath and Knife—16
Hind Horn—17
Sir Lionel—18
King Orfeo—19
The Cruel Mother—20
The Maid and the Palmer (The Samaritan Woman)—21
St. Stephen and Herod—22
Bonnie Annie—24
Willie’s Lyke-Wake—25
The Three Ravens (or Twa Corbies)—26
The Whummil Bore—27
Burd Ellen and Young Tamlane—28
The Boy and the Mantle—29
King Arthur and King Cornwall—30
The Marriage of Sir Gawain—31
King Henry—32
Kempy Kay—33
Kemp Owyne—34
Allison Gross—35
The Laily Worm and the Machrel of the Sea—36
Thomas Rymer—37
The Wee Wee Man—38
Tam Lin—39
The Queen of Elfan’s Nourice—40
Hind Etin—41
Clerk Corvill—42
The Broomfield Hill—43
The Twa Magicians—44
King John and the Bishop—45
Captain Wedderburn’s Courtship—46
Proud Lady Margaret—47
Young Andrew—48
The Twa Brothers—49
The Bonny Hind—50
Lizie Wan—51
The King’s Dochter Lady Jean—52
Young Beichan [or Young Bekie]—53
The Cherry-Tree Carol—54
The Carnal and the Crane—55
Dives and Lazarus—56
Brown Robyn’s Confession—57
Sir Patrick Spens—58
Sir Aldingar—59
King Estmere—60
Sir Cawline—61
Fair Annie—62
Child Waters—63
Fair Janet—64
Lady Maisry—65
Lord Ingram and Chiel Wyet—66
Young Hunting—68
Clerk Saunders—69
Willie and Lady Maisry—70
The Bent Sae Brown—71
The Clerk’s Twa Sons O Owsenford—72
Lord Thomas and Fair Annet—73
Fair Margaret and Sweet William—74
Lord Lovel—75
The Lass of Roch Royal—76
Sweet William’s Ghost—77
The Unquiet Grave—78
The Wife of Usher’s Well—79
Old Robin of Portingale—80
Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (or “Matty Groves”)—81
The Bonny Birdy—82
Child Maurice—83
Bonny Barbara Allen—84
Lady Alice—85
Young Benjie—86
Prince Robert—87
Young Johnstone—88
Fause Foodrage—89
Jellon Grame—90
Fair Mary of Wallington—91
Bonny Bee Hom—92
Young Waters—94
The Maid Freed from the Gallows—95
The Gay Goshawk—96
Brown Robin—97
Brown Adam—98
Johnie Scot—99
Willie O Winsbury—100
Willie O Douglas Dale—101
Willie and the Earl Richard’s Daughter—102
Rose the Red and White Lily—103
Prince Heathen—104
The Bailiff’s Daughter of Islington—105
The Famous Flower of Serving-Men—106
Will Stewart and John—107
Christopher White—108
Tom Potts—109
The Knight and Shepherd’s Daughter—110
Crow and Pie—111
The Baffled Knight—112
The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry—113
Johnie Cock—114
Robyn and Gandeleyn—115
Adam Bell, Clim of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly—116
A Gest of Robyn Hode—117
Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne—118
Robin Hood and the Monk—119
Robin Hood’s Death—120
Robin Hood and the Potter—121
Robin Hood and the Butcher—122
Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar—123
The Jolly Pinder of Wakefield—124
Robin Hood and Little John—125
Robin Hood and the Tanner—126
Robin Hood and the Tinker—127
Robin Hood and the Newly Revived—128
Robin Hood and the Prince of Aragon—129
Robin Hood and the Scotchman—130
Robin Hood and the Ranger—131
The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood—132
Robin Hood and the Beggar, I—133
Robin Hood and the Beggar, II—134
Robin Hood and the Shepherd—135
Robin Hood’s Delight—136
Robin Hood and the Pedlars—137
Robin Hood and Alan-a-Dale—138
Robin Hood’s Progress to Nottingham—139
Robin Hood Rescuing Three Squires—140
Robin Hood Rescuing Will Stutly—141
Little John a Begging—142
Robin Hood and the Bishop—143
Robin Hood and the Bishop of Hereford—144
Robin Hood and Queen Katherine—145
Robin Hood’s Chase—146
Robin Hood’s Golden Prize—147
The Noble Fisherman, or, Robin Hood’s Preferment—148
Robin Hood’s Birth, Breeding, Valor and Marriage—149
Robin Hood and Maid Marian—150
The King’s Disguise, and Friendship with Robin Hood—151
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow—152
Robin Hood and the Valiant Knight—153
A True Tale of Robin Hood—154
Sir Hugh, or, The Jew’s Daughter—155
Queen Elanor’s Confession—156
Gude Wallace—157
Hugh Spencer’s Feats in France—158
Durham Ford—159
The Knight of Liddesdale—160
The Battle of Otterburn—161
The Hunting of Cheviot (The Ballad of Chevy Chase)—162
The Battle of Harlaw—163
King Henry Fifth’s Conquest of France—164
Sir John Butler—165
The Rose of England—166
Sir Andrew Barton—167
Flodden Field (describes the Battle of Flodden Field)—168
Johnie Armstrong—169
The Death of Queen Jane—170
Thomas Cromwell—171
Musselburgh Field—172
Mary Hamilton—173
Earl Bothwell—174
The Rising of the North—175
Northumberland Betrayed By Douglas—176
The Earl of Westmoreland—177
Captain Car, or, Edom o Gordon—178
Rookhope Ryde—179
King James and Brown—180
The Bonny Earl of Murray—181
The Laird O Logie—182
Willie MacIntosh—183
The Lads of Wamphray—184
Dick o the Cow—185
Kinmont Willie—186
Jock o the Side—187
Archie o Cawfield—188
Hobie Noble—189
Jamie Telfer of the Fair Dodhead—190
Hughie Grame—191
The Lochmaben Harper—192
The Death of Parcy Reed—193
The Laird of Wairston—194
Lord Maxwell’s Last Goodnight—195
The Fire of Frendraught—196
James Grant—197
Bonny John Seton—198
The Bonnie House o Airlie—199
The Gypsy Laddie—200
Bessy Bell and Mary Gray—201
The Battle of Philiphaugh—202
The Baron of Brackley—203
Jamie Douglas—204
Loudon Hill, or, Drumclog)—205
Bothwell Bridge—206
Lord Delamere—207
Lord Derwentwater—208
Bonnie James Campbell—210
Bewick and Graham—211
The Duke of Athole’s Nurse—212
Sir James the Rose—213
The Braes O Yarrow—214
Rare Willie Drowned in Yarrow, or, the Water o Gamrie—215
The Mother’s Malison, or, Clyde’s Water—216
Broom of the Cowdenknowes—217
The False Lover Won Back—218
The Gardener—219
The Bonny Lass of Anglesey—220
Katharine Jaffray—221
Bonny Baby Livingstone—222
Eppie Morrie—223
The Lady of Arngosk—224
Rob Roy—225
Lizie Lindsay—226
Bonny Lizie Baillie—227
Glasgow Peggie—228
Earl Crawford—229
The Slaughter of the Laird of Mellerstain—230
The Earl of Errol—231
Richie Story—232
Andrew Lammie—233
Charlie MacPherson—234
The Earl of Aboyne—235
The Laird o Drum—236
The Duke of Gordon’s Daughter—237
Glenlogie, or, Jean o Bethelnie—238
Lord Saltoun and Auchanachie—239
The Rantin Laddie—240
The Baron o Leys—241
The Coble o Cargill—242
James Harris (The Daemon Lover)—243
James Hatley—244
Young Allan—245
Redesdale and Wise William—246
Lady Elspat—247
The Grey Cock, or, Saw You My Father?—248
Auld Matrons—249
Henry Martyn [aka Henry Martin]—250
Lang Johnny More—251
The Kitchie-Boy—252
Thomas o Yonderdale—253
Lord William, or, Lord Lundy—254
Willie’s Fatal Visit—255
Alison and Willie—256
Burd Isabel and Earl Patrick—257
Broughty Wa’s—258
Lord Thomas Stuart—259
Lord Thomas and Lady Margaret—260
Lady Isabel—261
Lord Livingstone—262
The New-Slain Knight—263
The White Fisher—264
The Knight’s Ghost—265
John Thomson and the Turk—266
The Heir of Linne—267
The Twa Knights—268
Lady Diamond—269
The Earl of Mar’s Daughter—270
The Lord of Lorn and the Flas Steward—271
The Suffolk Miracle—272
King Edward the Fourth and a Tanner of Tamworth—273
Our Goodman—274
Get Up and Bar the Door—275
The Friar in the Well—276
The Wife Wrapt in Wether’s Skin—277
The Farmer’s Curst Wife—278
The Jolly Beggar—279
The Beggar-Laddie—280
The Keach in the Creel—281
Jock the Leg and the Merry Merchant—282
The Crafty Farmer—283
John Dory—284
The George Aloe and the Sweepstake—285
The Sweet Trinity (The Golden Vanity)—286
Captain Ward and the Rainbow—287
The Young Earl of Essex’s Victory over the Emperor of Germany—288
The Mermaid—289
The Wylie Wife of the Hie Toun Hie—290
Child Owlet—291
The West Country Damosel’s Complaint—292
John of Hazelgreen—293
Dugall Quin—294
The Brown Girl—295
Walter Lesly—296
Earl Rothes—297
Young Peggy—298
Trooper and Maid—299
Blancheflour and Jollyflorice—300
The Queen of Scotland—301
Young Bearwell—302
The Holy Nunnery—303
Young Ronald—304
The Outlaw Murray—305

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