Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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252
THE CRUEL BROTHER.
The eldest was baith tall and fair,                      *
With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay ; But the youngest was beyond compare,
As the primrose spreads so sweetly.
The midmost had a gracefu' mien,
With a heigh-ho I and a lily gay ;                i"
But the youngest look'd like beauty's queen, As the primrose spreads so sweetly.
The knight bow'd low to a' the three,
With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay ; But to Jhe youngest he bent his knee,               is
As the primrose spreads so sweetly.
The lady turned her head aside,
With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay ; The knight he woo'd her to be his bride.
As the primrose spreads so sweetly.                20
The lady blush'd a rosy red,
With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay ; And said, " Sir knight, I'm o'er young to wed," -
As the primrose spreads so sweetly.
" 0 lady fair, give me your hand,                    25
With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay ; And I'll mak you ladie of a' my land,"
As the primrose spreads so sweetly.







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