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Edward Ballad It was in the Mid-Lothian Country Up near the Pentland hills Two brothers met one summer's day To test their strength and skill Edward was the eldest one And John was the younger man They were equally matched in every way To try what valor can "Shall we go to the school grounds? Or will we remain at the Hall? But, better we go to the greenwood To see which of us must fall" "No, we'll not go to the school grounds Nor will we remain at the Hall But we will go to Roslyn woods To see which of us will fall" They struggled long for the mastery 'Till shadows told the end of the day When Edward waxed wroth at his failure And with his sword did his brother slay "Brother, raise me up and help me to walk Take me to yon stream so fair Wash the blood from out my wounds So they will bleed no more" He raised his brother upon his feet And helped him to the stream so fair Frantically he bathed his bloody wounds But they bled more and more "Now Brother, I know that I must die And I conjure you ere I go That you will not tell the folks at home How this happened, nor let them know "Now lift me up upon your back And take me to the churchyard fair Dig my grave both broad and deep And lay my body there "You will place my arrows at my head My bow put at my feet My sword and buckler at my side As though I were asleep "When you go home to my true love She'll ask for her lover John Say you left me in the churchyard fair But you fear I'll never come home "When you go home to our sister She'll ask for her brother John Tell her I've gone to Stirling Carse To see the King upon his throne "When you go home to our parents They'll ask you, 'Where is John?' Tell them I'm at the Abbot's house Studying there alone" When he came home to John's true love She asked for her lover John He said, "I left him in the fair churchyard And I fear he will never come home" When he came home to his sister She asked for her brother John He told her he had gone to the Carse of Stirling To the king upon the throne When he came home to his parents They asked for their son John "I left him at the Abbot's school To study there alone" "What blood is that on thy coat front, Edward? It's as red as it can be" "It's the blood of my great hawk That uncle gave to me" "Hawk's blood was never so red, son Come and tell the truth to me" "It is the blood of my greyhound, mother He would not run for me" "That's not the blood of a hound, son That is very plain to see Is it not the blood of thy brother John? Come and tell the truth to me" "It is the blood of brother John Oh mother, woe is me I slew him in a fit of rage Now the truth I have told to thee "You have always told me, mother Eldest sons must ne'er give in The family name and title Must always be sure to win" "What penance will you do, son To wipe away the stain?" "I'll sail away across the seas And never come home again." "What will you leave your wife and son If you sail beyond the sea?" "I'll leave them my towers and hall, mother Which mean nothing now to me." "What will you leave your mother, Edward Who has been so fond of thee?" "I'll leave with her the memory of Wrong counsel given me." "When will you return, my son? I shall long thy face to see." "When the sunlight and moonbeams meet on the green And that will never be." Collected by Helen H. Flanders from George Edwards of Burlington, VT. This has portions of Child numbers 12, 13, 49, and 51. Child #13 SOF
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