Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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3    At the hour oŁ midnight When Lamkin he came, He knocked at the door, And he rang at the ring.
4    So ready was the servant To rise and let him in; He pierced her son Johnny And caused him to scream.
5    And down came the madam From a bower so high; "Who pierced my son Johnny, And what made him cry?
6    "He's either been hurt By you or your beau." "No, he's neither been hurt By me or my beau;
But breast milk or repadding Will never quiet him more."
7    "O Lamkin, O Lamkin,
If you'll spare me my life,
I'll give you my daughter Betsy
For your wedded wife."
8    "You keep your daughter Betsy, She'll do you some good; Come hold the silver basin
To catch your dying heart's blood."
9    "O Lamkin, O Lamkin, If you'll stay your hand,
I'll give you more gold and more silver Than's between sea and land."
10 "All the gold and the silver That's between sea and land Won't keep my bright sword From around your white band."

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