Two Sisters (13)
There were three sisters lived in a bouir
Hech, hey, my Nannie O
And the youngest was the fairest flouir
And the swan swims bonnie O
'O sister, sister, gang down to yon sand
And see your father's ships coming to dry land.'
And the swan, etc.
O they have gane down to yonder sand
To see their father's ships coming to dry land
'Gae set your fit on yonder stane
Till I tye up your silken goun.'
She set her fit on yonder stane
And the auldest drave the youngest in
'O sister, sister, tak me by the hand
And ye'll get a' my father's land
'O sister, sister, tak me by the gluve
An ye'll get Willy, my true luve.'
She had a switch into her hand
And ay she drave her frae the land
O whiles she sank, and whiles she swam
Until she swam to the miller's dam
The miller's daughter gade doun to Tweed
To carry water to bake her bread
'O father, O father, what's yon in the dam?
It's either a maid or a milk-white swan.'
They have tane her out till yonder thorn
And she has lain till Monday morn
She hadna, hadna twa days lain
Till by there came a harper fine
He made a harp o her breast bane
That he might play forever thereon