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i. Lord Thomas he was a gay young man; He was a lord of many a town; He courted a girl called, pretty fair Ellen, And another called, Sally Brown.
2. "Father and mother, I ask you both, I ask you both as one,
Whether I must marry wi' pretty fair Ellen, Or bring the Brown girl home."
3. "The Brown girl she has houses and lands; Fair Ellen she has none;
If you'll take advice from such a kind friend, You'll bring the Brown girl home."
4. He rode up to fair Ellen's hall; So loud he called, it did ring;
No one was so ready as fair Ellen herself To rise and bid him walk in.
5. "Bad news, bad news, fair Ellen," he said, "Bad news, bad news, indeed;
I come to ask you to my wedding; All on next Thursday it will be."
6. "Bad news, bad news, Lord Thomas", she said, "Bad news, bad news, indeed;
I always intended to be your bride And you the bridegroom for me.
7. "Father and mother, I ask you both, I ask you both as one,
Should I go to Lord Thomas' wedding, Or tarry wi' your mother at home ?"
8. "Many there will be my1 friend; And many will be my1 foe;
If you'll take advice from such a kind friend, You'll tarry wi' your mother at home."
Mistake for your.
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