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Hotspur was deterred fromPg 4 accepting this challenge immediately, by the apprehension that Douglas would be able to effect a union with the main body of the Scottish army before he could be overtaken, but when he learned, the second day, that the Earl was retreating with ostentatious slowness, he hastily got together a company of eight or ten thousand men, and set forth in pursuit. ...Douglas would not fail to resent the insult, and endeavour to repel the intruders by force: this would naturally produce a sharp conflict between the two parties; something of which, it is probable, did really happen, though not attended with the tragical circumstances recorded in the ballad: for these are evidently borrowed from the Battle of OtterPg 27bourn, a very different event, but which aftertimes would easily confound with it.'
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He made no attempt to conceal or apologize for the sexuality, theatrical violence, and ill-concealed paganism of many ballads, but it is characteristic of the man that in his introduction to 'Hugh of Lincoln,' an ancient work about the purported murder of a Christian child by a Jew, he wrote, 'And these pretended child-murders, with their horrible consequences, are only a part of the persecution which, with all moderation, may be rubricated as the most disgraceful chapter in the history of the human race.' ...It may not be Child's 'final statement' that we all wish he had lived to make, but it comes close in many ways, and nicely compliments the original Introduction to the 1880's English and Scottish Popular Ballads made by Child's successor, George Lyman Kittredge (retained in this volume).