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Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight
2. "You get part of your father's gold; And likewise your mother's too, And go to your father's stable
Where the horses stand thirty and three.
3. "And you get the very best two Out of the thirty and three And we go to the old salt sea And married we will be."
4. She got part of her father's gold, Likewise her mother's too,
And she went to her father's stable Where there stood horses thirty and three.
5. And she mounted on the Turkish brown And he on the dapple grey
And they rode till they come to the old salt sea, Three long hours till day.
6. "You get down, my pretty Polly, Get down, get down," says he,
"For I've drowned six kings' daughters And you the seventh will be.
7. "You pull off them fine gold clothings, And hang them on yonders tree;
For I say they are too rich and costly For to rot in this old sea."
8. "You turn your face towards the green tree; Your back you turn to me;
For I say a naked maid Ain't fitten for a man to see."
9. He turned hisself all around and about, His back he turned to me;
She picked him up in her arms so manful And throwed him into the sea.
10. "Give me your hand, my pretty Polly, Give me your hand," said he, "And the very next time I make you a promise, I'll double it with three."
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III