Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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84                    JOHN O' HAZEL GREEN.
The sun was sinking in the west,
The stars were shining clear ;                        10
When thro' the thickets o' the wood,
A gentleman did appear. Says, " who has done you the wrong, fair maid,
And left you here alane; Or who has kiss'd your lovely lips,                   w
That ye ca' Hazelgreen ? "
" Hold your tongue, kind sir," she said,
" And do not banter so ; How will ye add affliction
Unto a lover's woe ?                                           20
For none's done me the wrong," she said,
" Nor left me here alane ; Nor none has kiss'd my lovely lips,
That I ca' Hazelgreen."
" Why weep ye by the tide, lady ?                     25
Why weep ye by the tide ? How blythe and happy might he be
Gets you to be his bride ! Gets you to be his bride, fair maid,
And him I'll no bemean ;                                 ao
'But when I take my words again,
Whom call ye Hazelgreen ?
" What like a man was Hazelgreen ?
Will ye show him to me ? " " He is a comely proper youth,                           ss
I in my sleep did see ;