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(1774),

a celebrated ballad by the German poet Gottfried August BÏrger (1747–94), based on the Scottish ballad ‘Sweet William's Ghost’. Lenore is carried off on horseback by the spectre of her lover after his death and married by him at the graveside. It was translated first by W. Taylor, whose version circulated in manuscript and was published in 1797. Scott's version appeared also in 1797, anonymously, as ‘William and Helen’ in The Chase and William and Helen. The two poets corresponded about their versions.

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