English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
2   She stepped up to little Matthy Groves And says: Come and go with me.
I know by the rings that is on your hand You are Lord Dannel's wife, That you are Lord Dannel's wife.
3   It makes no difference by the rings on my hand, Nor whose wife I am.
My husband he's not at home, He's in some foreign land.
4  Little foot Dannel (page?) was standing by, And he heard every word they were saying. If I live till broad daylight
Lord Dannel shall know of this.
5   He had about fifteen miles to go And ten of them he run ;
He swum till he came to the river And he held his breath and swum.
6   He swum till he came to the grassy green grove, He sprang to his feet and he run ;
He run till he came to Lord Dannel's gate And he rang his bells and rung.
7   Is my castle burning down,
Or what is a-going to be done ? No, your wife's with another man And both of their hearts are one.
8   He gathered him up about fifty good men, And done it with a good will.
He put his bugle to his mouth And blowed it with a shrill.
9   How do you like my pillow, sir, How do you like my sheet,
And how do you like the pretty little girl That lies in your arms asleep ?
10 Very well do I like your pillow, sir, Very well do I like your sheet, But very much better do I like the pretty little girl That lies in my arms asleep.
11 Little Matthy Groves struck the very first lick, Which made Lord Dannel sore. Lord Dannel struck the very next lick And killed little Matthy on the floor.