English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight
2   He followed me up, he followed me down, He followed me in my room.
I had no wings for to fly away, No tongue to say him nay.
3   He took part of my father's gold, Half of my mother's fee ;
He took two of my father's stable steeds, For there stood thirty and three.
4   The lady rode the milk-white steed, The gentleman rode the grey.
They rode all down by the north green land All on one summer's day.
5   Light off, light off, my pretty fair miss, I tell you now my mind.
Six pretty fair maids I've drownded here, The seventh one you shall be.
6   Hush up, hush up, you old vilyun, That hain't what you promised me.
You promised to marry me over the raging sea, And then for to marry me.
7   Turn your back and trim those nettles That grow so near the brim ; They'll tangle in my golden hair And tear my lily-white skin.
8   He turned his back to trim those nettles That growed so near the brim ;
This young lady with her skilfulness She tripped her false love in.
9   Lie there, lie there, you old vilyun, Lie there in the place for me.
You have nothing so fine nor costly But to rot in the salt water sea.
10 First she rode the milk-white steed And then she rode the grey. She returned back to her father's house Three long hours before it was day.