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18 LAT THE BENT TO THE BONNY BROOM.
LAY THE BENT TO THE BONNY BROOM.
From Durfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy, iv. 129, with the title A Riddle wittily expounded. The same m Jamieson's Popular Ballads, ii. 155, and in The Borderer's Table Book, vii. 83. A fragment of this ballad, called The Three Sisters, is printed in Gilbert's Ancient Christmas Carols, (2d ed.) p. 65, and has a different burden. It begins
There were three Bisters fair and bright,
Jennifer gentle and Rosemaree, And they three loved one valiant knight,
As the dew jlies over the mulberry tree.
There was a lady in the North-country,
Lay the bent to the bonny broom, And she had lovely daughters three,
Fa, la la la, fa, la la la ra re.
There was a knight of noble worth, "Which also lived at the North.
The knight, of courage stout and brave, « A wife he did desire to have.
He knocked at the lady's gate, One evening when it was late.
The eldest sister let him in,
And pinn'd the door with a silver pin. w