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64 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
3. "Go saddle and bridle my milk-white steed;
Go saddle and bridle in haste, That I may invite Fair Eleanor dear To my wedding dinner this day."
4. He rode till he came to Fair Eleanor's gate,
And rattled at the ring; And there was no one so ready as she To arise and let him in.
5. "Bad news, bad news, Lord Thomas?" she cried;
"Good news, good news!" said he, "For I've come to invite Fair Eleanor dear To my wedding dinner this day."
6. She dressed herself in scarlet red,
A waist in maiden green,11 And every town that she rode round They took her to be some queen.
7. She rode till she came to Lord Thomas's gate,
And rattled on the ring;
There was no one so ready as he
To arise and let her in.
8. He took her by the lily-white hand
And led her through the hall, And seated her at the head of the table, Amongst the ladies all.
9. "Is this your bride, Lord Thomas?" she cried;
"She looks most plagued brown, When you could have got as pretty a maid As ever the sun shone on."
10. The Brown Girl had a little penknife,
And the blade was long and sharp; She pierced it in Fair Eleanor's side, And it ended in her heart.
And arrayed her maids in greent