Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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144                        KEMP OWTNE.
Her father married the warst woman That ever lived in Christendom.
She served her with foot and hand,                    e
In every thing that she could dee ;
•Till once, in an unlucky time,
She threw her in ower Craigy's sea.
Says, " Lie you there, dove Isabel,
And all my sorrows lie with thee ;                10
Till Kemp Owyne come ower the sea, And borrow you with kisses three,
Let all the warld do what they will, Oh borrowed shall you never be."
Her breath grew Strang, her hair grew lang, is And twisted thrice about the tree,
And all the people, far and near,
Thought that a savage beast was she ;
This news did come to Kemp Owyne,
Where he lived far beyond the sea.               20
He hasted him to Craigy's sea,
And on the savage beast look'd he ;
Her breath was Strang, her hair was lang, And twisted was about the tree,
And with a swing she came about:                    as
" Come to Craigy's sea, and kiss with me.
" Here is a royal belt," she cried, " That I have found in the green sea;

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