English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
2   First came down was the lady gay, The next came down was a girl,
The next came down was Lord Donald's wife, The flowers of the world.
3   She placed her arm on little Matthy Grove, Says: Matthy, go home with me,
This night, this night, This livelong night to sleep.
4  I am darsing of my life,
I can't go home with you.
I know you by your finger rings,
You are Lord Donald's wife.
5   If I am Lord Donald's wife, Lord Donald is gone from home. He's gone across the water side, He's gone over there to stay.
6   Little Speedfoot was standing by To see what he could hear,
And as he saw them both walk off, He picked up his heels and run.
7   He ran till he came to the river side, He bent his breast and swam, Swam till he came to the other side And he picked up his heels and ran.
8   He ran till he came to the high King Gate; He rattled the bell and it rung.
What news, what news, little Speedfoot, he says, What news do you bring me ?
9   Is my old scaffold burned down ? Or is my tavern run ?
Or is my lady gay put to bed, With a daughter or a son ?
10 No, your scaffold's not burned down, Nor your tavern's not run ; Nor your lady gay is not put to bed With a daughter or a son. But little Matthy Grove is at your own house In bed with your lady gay.