Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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THE BLOOD-STAINED SON.
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" But how came thy sword so bloody,
Merry son of mine ? " " I have stabbed my only brother,                                  u
O dear mother mine."
" Whither wilt thou now betake thee,
Merry son of mine ? " " Far away to foreign countries,
O dear mother mine."                                                       a)
" Where leav'st thou thy gray-haired father,
Merry son of mine ? " " Let him chop wood in the forest,
Never wish to see me more,
O dear mother mine."                                                   ss
" Where leav'st thou thy gray-haired mother,
Merry son of mine ? " " Let her sit, her flax a-picking, Never wish to see me more,
O dear mother mine."                                                       so
" Where leav'st thou thy wife so youthful, .
Merry son of mine ? " " Let her deck her, take another, Never wish to see me more,
O dear mother mine."                                                         35
" Where leav'st thou thy son so youthful,
Merry son of mine ? " " He to school, and bear the rod there, [Never wish to see me more,]
O dear mother mine."                                          «







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