Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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And not till Childy Wynd comes back, Shall she again be won."
The princess stood at the bower door
Laughing, who could her blame ? But e'er the next day's sun went down,                  sj
A long worm she became.
For seven miles east, and seven miles west, And seven miles north, and south,
No blade of grass or corn could grow,
So venomous was her mouth.                                  «
The milk of seven stately cows
(It was costly her to keep) Was brought her daily, which she drank
Before she went to sleep.
At this day may be seen the cave                             ts
Which held her folded up, And the stone trough, the very same
Out of which she did sup.
Word went east, and word went west, And word is gone over the sea,                              30
That a laidley worm in Spindleston-Heughs Would ruin the North Country.
Word went east, and word went west,
And over the sea did go; The Child of Wynd got wit of it,                              55
Which filled his heart with woe.
v. 81. Childy Wynd is obviously a corruption of Child Owain.