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Border Widow's Lament a fragment of FAMOUS FLOWER OF SERVINGMEN My love he built me a bonnie bower And clad it all with lily flower A brawer bower ye ne'er did see Than my true love he built for me There came a man by middle day He spied his sport and went away And brought the King that very night Who broke my bower and slew my knight He slew my knight to me sae dear He slew my knight and poin'ed his gear My servants all for life did flee And left me in extremity I sewed his sheet, making my moan I watched the corpse, myself alone I watched his body, night and day No living creature came that way I took his body on my back And whiles I gaed and whiles I sat I digged a grave and laid him in And happ'd him with the sod sae green But think not ye my heart was sair When I laid the mold on his yellow hair Oh think not ye my heart was woe When I turned about, away to go No living man I'll love again Since that my lovely knight is slain With a lock of his yellow hair I'll chain my heart for evermore ____________ fragment of a longer ballad where she dresses as a man, becomes a servant to the king and eventually marries the king. from Smith's Scottish Minstrelsy 1820 sung by Lisa Null on Feathered Maiden Tune from The Scottish Folksinger, Buchan and Hall Child #106 SOF
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