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Mary Hamilton(2)

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Mary Hamilton (2)

Mary Hamilton (2)

Mary Hamilton's tae the kirk gane
Wi' ribbons in her hair
And the King thocht mair o' Mary Hamilton
Than ony that was there

Mary Hamilton's tae the kirk gane
Wi' ribbons at her breist
And the king thocht mair o' Mary Hamilton
Than he listened tae the priest

Mary Hamilton's tae the kirk gane
Wi' ribbons in her hand
And the King thocht mair o' Mary Hamilton
Than the Queen and a' her land

She hadnae been aboot the King's court
A month but barely ane
When she was beloved by a' the King's court
And the King the only man

She hadnae been aboot the King's court
A month but barely three
When fae the King's court Mary Hamilton
Mary Hamilton dursna be

The King is tae the abbey gane
Tae pu' the abbey tree
And scale the babe fae Mary's heart
But the thing it wouldnae be

She's rowed it in her apron
And she's set it in the sea, sayin'
"Gae sink ye or swim, ye bonnie babe
Ye'se get nae mair o' me"

But word is tae the kitchen gane
And word is tae the Ha'
That Mary Hamilton's brocht tae bed
And the bonnie babe 's missed and awa'

For scarce had she lain doon again
And scarcely fa'en asleep
When up there started oor guid Queen
And stood at her bed's feet, sayin'
"Whaur's yer babe, Mary Hamilton?
For I'm sure I heard it greet"

"Oh no, oh no, my noble Queen
Think nae sic thing tae be
Twas but a stitch intae my side
And sair it troubled me"

"Get up, get up, Mary Hamilton
Get up and follow me
For I am gaun tae Edinburgh toon
A rich weddin' for tae see"

Oh slowly, slowly rase she up
And slowly put she on
And slowly rad she oot the way
Wi' mony's the weary groan

"Ride hooly, hooly, gentlemen
Ride hooly noo wi' me
For never, I'm sure, a wearier bird
Rade in your company"

The Queen was clad in scarlet
Her merry maids a' in green
And ilka toon that they padded through
Took Mary for the Queen

"Why weep ye so, ye burgess wives?
Why look ye so on me
For I am gaun tae Edinburgh toon
A rich weddin' for tae see"

But little wist Mary Hamilton
When she rade on the brown
That she was gaun tae Edinburgh toon
A' tae be put down

For when she rade through the Netherbow Port
She laughed loud laughters three
But lang e'er she cam' by again
The tears blinded her e'e

When she gaed up the Tolbooth steps
The corks fae her heels did flee
But lang e'er she cam' doon again
She was condemned to dee

Yestreen the Queen had four Maries
This nicht she'll hae but three
There was Mary Beaton and Mary Seaton
And Mary Carmichael and me

It's aften hae I dressed my Queen
And put gold in her hair
But noo I've gotten as my reward
The gallows tae be my share

Child #173
recorded by Jean Redpath

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