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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana 65
For don't you see my own heart's blood Come trickling down my knee?"
12. Lord Thomas had a sword hanging at his side;
The blade was long and small; He drew his sword, cut off her12 head, And slung it against the wall.
13. "0 Mother, 0 Mother, go dig my grave;
Go dig it both long and deep ; Bury Fair Eleanor in my arms
And the Brown Girl at my feet/'
"Lord Thomas's Wedding." Contributed by Mrs. Elizabeth Craig Len-ington, of Indianapolis, Indiana. Marion County. November 20, 1935.
1. "0 Mother, Mother, come read me a riddle,
And read it all in one, Whether I shall go to Lord Thomas's wedding Or tarry with thee at home?"
2. So then she took her merry maids all,
And dressed her all in green, And every town that she rode through They took her to be some queen.
3. She rode till she came to Lord Thomas's gate,
And loudly jingled the ring; And none was so ready as Lord Thomas himself To rise and let Eleanor in.
4. He took her by the lily-white hand
And led her through the hall Where four and twenty gay ladies sat, But she was the flower of all.
13 Eeferring, of course, to the Brown Girl.