Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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EARL RICHARD.                            11
" I will not light, I cannot light,
I cannot light at all; A fairer lady than ten of thee                           is
Is waiting at Richard's-wall."
He stooped from his milk-white steed,
To kiss her rosy cheek ; She had a penknife in her hand,
And wounded him so deep.                             20
" O lie ye there, Earl Richard," she says, " 0 lie ye there till morn ; A fairer lady than ten of me
Will think lang of your coming home."
She called her servants ane by ane,                25
She called them twa by twa : " I have got a dead man in my bower,
I wish he were awa."
The ane has ta'en him by the hand,
And the other by the feet;                             30
And they've thrown him in a deep draw well, Full fifty fathoms deep.
Then up bespake a little bird,
That sat upon a tree : " Gae hame, gae hame, ye fause lady, 33
And pay your maids their fee."

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