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Jack Rowland There was Jack Rowland and his two brothers went out to play at ball And there was their sister, Ellen Rowland amidst them all She tossed the ball so very high She caught it with her knee She kicked it high all in the old churchyard Where no one it could see She's hitched her skirts all around her waist And after the ball she's run They've waited long, her three brothers But she's never come home again Up the hill and down the hill Three weeping brothers roamed They told their mother that Ellen Rowland How she has vanished and flown And it's, "Oh my love," now cries their mother, "Oh and alas," cries she "For she has gone to the King of the Hill No more by us, she'll be seen" So up and rose the first brother And he was a proud young man He swore an oath and a solemn oath That Ellen he'd seek and find And he's run down to his father's stable He's saddled the bonnie grey And as the sun looked over the hill We watched him ride away Up and rose the second brother A proud young man was he And he swore an oath and a solemn oath That Ellen he'd find and free And he's run down to his father's stable And he's saddled the bonnie brown And as the sun stood up in the sky We watched him ride from town We stayed long and very long With our gloves all in our hands And sad were hearts all over the town But he never came home again And up there rose, then, Jack the fool He's the youngest of all the three He's saddled and bridled his mother's horse But he's wept so bitterly She spoke to him, his mother's horse As they rode out of the way She says, "Never you fear, you Jack Rowland But listen to what I do say And remember the song the spider sings When she comes to court the fly Never a drop must you eat or drink As we go along our road And all that help us on the way You must leave them lying dead" So Jack Rowland has left his good long bow And his arrows one by one And he's taken his father's good long gun That never was drawn in vain And never a drop did they eat or drink While on the way they rode And all that helped them on the way Jack Rowland left them dead The horse that Jack Rowland sat upon She was black as the darkening night And her eyes shone far as the evening star That put the sun to flight As Jack Rowland to the dark hour came And he stood there without Three times all around the place The horse spun round about And she cried, "Open door and open door Open and let me ride" And e'er the third time she had spoke See the door swing open wide In it he spied some lovely tower(?) that lined in the silver grey All hung with mists and heavy dew That shone clear as any day No ceiling could this young man spy No windows were there to be seen But all around his head it shook the bed(?) As the sun that sets at e'en And he rode on and further on The tears came falling fast For he thought he saw his sister Ellen Wandering like any ghost And she cried, "Woe be to you, Jack Rowland For your life's not worth a pin For had you a hundred thousand lives You should not spare one of them "Oh pity on you, Jack Rowland Why stayed you not a home When the King of the Hill, you find Then help you will find none" With that, in come the King, himself Glorious to be seen For he come riding the storm and the wind With a club all in each hand "Rise, rise, Jack Rowland Rise, rise and run For now I smell Jack Rowland's blood Jack Rowland's day is done "Get up, get up, you Jack Rowland If you would fight with me And we will see how a frightened man Will let his courage flee" He's first turned him to a raging bear And then to a writhing snake And then's a herd of angry bulls That roared all in his face Then he became a burning bush With a flame that lept so high But he sang the song the spider sings When he comes to court the fly But up and rose Jack Rowland's horse So loud I heard her cry "Stand fast and fear you not," she cried "No harm will come to thee" There she stood an the high hill top The stars shown in her mane And she has turned to a mighty flood She bore down on the plain The King has changed to a little fish To float all in the sea And he fell as fast into the flood As a dead branch from a tree But she has changed to ropes and lines And she hunted the ocean floor He has become a fishing smack And hauled all lines aboard So she has changed all in the sky To a gale that howled and roared She filled his sails, she beat his spars And she drove him onto shore So he's become the deep dark night And he dropped to the valley floor And she rose up as the summer dawn And she drove him on before She cried, "Rise, rise, Jack Rowland And the sun will rise with thee As the dew falls from the leaves We shall see what we shall see" And as the dew fell from the leaves And the daylight drew all around He saw his sister and his two brothers Mother naked on the ground And he's taken them all in his arms He's kissed them cheek and chin He's wrapped them up in a cloak of gold They've gone riding home Up and spoke the King himself As he vanished in the sun "I should have taken your horse," he cried And struck her blind and dumb"