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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana             59
"Lord Thomas." Contributed by Dr. Claude Lomax, of Dale, Indiana. Secured from a MS of Mrs. Earl Underhill. Perry County. January 24,1936.
1.   "0 Mother, 0 Mother, come riddle my story;
Come riddle it both as one, Whether I should marry fair Ellendar Or bring the Brown Girl home."
2.   "The Brown Girl she has house and land;
Fair Ellendar she has none. Therefore I charge you with my best presence1 Go bring the Brown Girl home."
3.     He dressed his waiters in highland2 so white,
Himself in the terrors3 of green, And every bar4 that he rode through They took him to be some king.
4.     He rode till he came to Fair Ellendar's gate;
He jingled at the ring; And who was so ready as Fair Ellendar herself To rise and let him in?
5.   "What news, what news, Lord Thomas?" she cried;
"What news have you brought to me?" "I have come to invite you to my wedding; Sad news it will be to thee."
6.   "0 Mother, 0 Mother, come riddle my story;
Come riddle it both as one, Whether I should go to Lord Thomas's wedding Or stay and tarry at home."
7.   "You may have friends, you may have none;
You have foes where'er you go; Therefore I charge you with my best presence To Lord Thomas's wedding don't go."
1 For blessing.
2 Hollands.
8 Probably for terries, a kind of fabric. * For boro&gk.








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