English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 2
Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight
Sung by Miss Elizabeth Coit at Amherst, Mass., July, 1916
2   She brought down some of her father's gold And more of her mother's money,
And two of the best horses in her father's stable That daily are thirty-three.
3   He rode on the milk-white steed And she rode on the bay,
And together they came to the North of Scotland Three hours before it was day.
4   Light down, light down, my pretty colleen, I've something here to tell thee. Sixkings' daughters lie drowned here And thou the seventh shall be.
5   O turn your back to the billowy waves, Your face to the leaves of the tree, For it ill beseems an outlandish knight Should view a stark lady.
6   He turned his back to the billowy waves, His face to the leaves of the tree,
When quickly she threw both her arms round his neck And tossed him into the sea.