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A Bundle of Ballads

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Author: Henry Morley
Published: 1891
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,189 / 124 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 354 5076
Genre: Poetry

turn in Scottish common speech. Even that national source of joy, "great chieftain of the pudding-race," the haggis, has its name from the French hachis. At the end of the old ballad of "Chevy Chase," which reads the corrupted word into a new sense, as the Hunting on the Cheviot Hills, there is an identifying of the Hunting of the Cheviot with the Battle of Otterburn:--

"Old men that knowen the ground well enough call it the Battle of Otterburn.

At Otterburn began this spurn upon a Monenday;
There was the doughty Douglas slain, the Percy never went away."

The Battle of Otterburn was fought on the 19th of August 1388. The Scots were to muster at Jedburgh for a raid into England. The Earl of Northumberland and his sons, learning the strength of the Scottish gathering, resolved not to oppose it, but to make a counter raid into Scotland. The Scots heard of this and divided their force. The main body, under Archibald Douglas and others, rode for Carlisle. A detachment of t



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