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Mother went to the Boyne water,
That is so wide and deep, Saying "Little Sir William, if you are there,
O pity your mother's weep."
"How can I pity your weep,mother,
And I so long in pain? For the little penknife sticks close in my heart
And the Jew's wife has me slain.
Go home, go home,my mother dear,
And prepare my winding sheet; For tomorrow morning before eight o'clock
You with my body shall meet.
"And lay the Prayer-Book at my head,
And my grammar at my feet; That all the little schoolfellows as they pass by
May read them for my sake.
From Miss Masons Nursery Rhymes & Country Songs, by permission.
This is of course a version of the legend of Saint Hugh of Lincoln, which appears as the Prioress's Tale in Chaucer. '"Sir" is obviously a corruption of Saint."
From"English County Songs" by permission, m : .f :m           r .m :d :             r : :t.
(Sung in the streets of Kensington about 1880) Quoted, by permission,from''English County Songs."
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