Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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BABYLON.
There were three ladies lived in a bower,
Eh vow bonnie, And they went out to pull a flower,
On the bonnie banks o' Fordie.
They hadna pu'ed a flower but ane,                   5
Eh vow bonnie, "When up started to them a banisht man,
On the bonnie banks o' Fordie.
He's ta'en the first sister by her hand,
Eh vow bonnie,                                                 
And he's turned her round and made her stand, On the bonnie banks o' Fordie.
" It's whether will ye be a rank robber's wife,
Eh vow bonnie, Or will ye die by my wee penknife,"               
On the bonnie banks o' Fordie ?
" It's I'll not be a rank robber's wife,
Eh vow bonnie, But I'll rather die by your wee penknife,"
On the bonnie banks o' Fordie.                       a>
He's killed this may and he's laid her by,'
Eh vow bonnie, For to bear the red rose company,
On the bonnie banks o' Fordie.







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