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72 PRETTY LITTLE GIRL OF MINE
XI. See what a pretty little girl I am !
They brought me many a bottle of wine— Bottle of wine to make me shine; See what a pretty little girl I am!
On the carpets we must kneel,
As the grass grows in yonder field ;
Rise up lightly on your feet,
And kiss the one you love so sweet.
My sister's going to get married, My sister's going to get married, My sister's going to get married, Ee! Ii! Oh!
Open your gates as wide as high, And let the pretty girls come by,
And let the < > matrons * by. ( bonny )
One in a bush,
Two in a bush,
Ee! Ii! Oh!
—Colleyhurst, Manchester (Miss Dendy).
XII. On the carpet you shall kneel
Where the grass grows fresh and -J ° '
Stand up, stand up on your pretty feet,
And show me the one you love so sweet.
Now Sally's got married, we wish her good joy,
First a girl, and then a boy;
Seven years arter, a son and darter,
So, young couple, kiss together.
Seven years now, and seven to come,
Take her and kiss her and send her off home.
—Eccleshall, Staffs. (Miss Burne).
XIII. On the carpet you shall kneel,
As the grass grows on the field;
* Matron is not a word in common use among Lancashire people.