Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE CRUEL MOTHER.
From Motherwell's Minstrelsy, p. 161.
She leaned her back unto a thorn,
Three, three, and three by three ; And there she has her two babes born,
Three, three, and thirty-three.
She took frae 'bout her ribbon-belt,                    »
And there she bound them hand and foot.
She has ta'en out her wee penknife, And there she ended baith their life.
She has howked a hole baith deep and wide, She has put them in baith side by side. 10
She has covered them o'er wi' a marble stane, Thinking she would gang maiden hame.
As she was walking by her father's castle wa', She saw twa pretty babes playing at the ba'.







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