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68 THE CHARMING MOLL BOY
For texts of this song see Eddy, No. 194; JFSS, VIII, 177-178; and Logan, pp. 348-349-The present version is from the Gernsey manuscript.
1 A noble Sir Arthur a-hunting did ride
With his hounds at his feet and his sword by his side.
As he was a-walking by chance he did spy
A pretty fair maid, and her name 'twas Moll Boy.
2 "A charming Moll Boy my butler shall be To draw the white wine between thee and me. I'll make you a lady of the highest degree
If you will but love me, my charming Polly.
3 "It's I'll buy you ribbons, and I'll buy you rings, And I'll buy you jewels and twenty fine things. I'll buy you silk petticoats gilt to thy knee
If you will but love me, my charming Polly."
4 "I wants none of your ribbons, nor none of your rings, Nor none of your jewels, nor twenty fine things, For I have got petticoats suits my degree,
And I'll ne'er love a married man until he is free."
5 "O charming Moll Boy, it's I've a penknife, And I'll away home and I'll slay my old wife. I'll slay my old wife and return back to thee If you will but love me, my charming Polly."
6 "O noble sir Arthur, haw can you say so?
Go home- love your own wife, let nobody know.
These seven long years I will wait upon thee,
And I'll ne'er love another man in your wife's day"
7 When these seven years were all past and gone, O then this old woman went to her long home. To her long home did go, and a free man was he; He soon went a-courting this charming Polly.