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King Orfeo

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King Orfeo

Der lived a king inta da aste
  Scowan urla grun
Der lived a lady in der wast
  Whar giorten han grun oarlac

Dis king he has a hunting gaen
He's left his Lady Isabel alane

"Oh I wis ye'd never gaen away
For at your hame is dol an wae

"For da king of Ferrie we his daert
Has pierced your lady to da hert"

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And aifter dem the king has gaen
But whan he cam it was a grey stane

Dan he took oot his pipes ta play
Bit sair his hert wi dol an wae

And first he played da notes o noy
An dan he played da notes o joy

An dan he played da god gabber reel
Dat meicht ha made a sick hert hale

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"Noo come ye in into da ha
An come ye in among wis a'"

Now he's gaen in inta da ha
An now he's gaen in among dem a'

Dan he took oot his pipes to play
Bit sair his hert wi dol and wae

And first he played da notes o noy
An dan he played da notes o joy

An dan he played da god gabber reel
Dat meicht ha made a sick hert hale

"Noo tell to us what ye will hae
What sall we gie you for your play?"

"What I will hae, I will ye tell
An dat's me Lady Isabel"

"Yees tak your lady, an yees gaeng hame
An yees be king ower a' your ain"

He's taen his lady, an he's gaen hame
An noo he's a king ower a' his ain.

Child #19
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