Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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254                   THE CRUEL BROTHEK.
Her father dear led her down the stair, With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay ;
And her sisters twain they kiss'd her there, hi As the primrose spreads so sweetly.
Her mother dear led her through the close,
With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay ; And her brother John set her on her horse, As the primrose spreads so sweetly.               w
She lean'd her o'er the saddle-bow, With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay,
To give him a kiss ere she did go, As the primrose spreads so sweetly.
He has ta'en a knife, baith lang and sharp, es With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay,
And stabb'd the bonny bride to the heart, As the primrose spreads so sweetly.
She hadna ridden half thro' the town,
With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay,                  n
Until her heart's blood stained her gown, As the primrose spreads so sweetly.
" Eide saftly on," said the best young man, With a heigh-ho ! and a lily gay ;
" For I think our bonny bride looks pale and wan," As the primrose spreads so sweetly.               n







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