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The Bonny Boy I once had a boy and a bonny, bonny boy And thought to make him my own; But he loves another much better than me And has taken his flight and is gone (2x) Since he is gone now let him go No longer for him will I mourn If he loves another much better than me Then I hope he will never return (2x) I walked up the forest and down the green fields Like one distracted in mind I halloed and I whooped and l played upon my flute But no bonny boy could I find. (2x) I looked in the East, I looked in the West The weather being hot and calm; And there I did spy my bonny bonny boy With another love close in his arms. (2x) But I hasted by and never cast an eye Though he thought I had been in love bound I loved him so well, no notice l took But was glad when him I had found. (2x) He took me upon his dissembling knee And looked me upright in my face, He gave to me a dissembling kiss But his heart was in another place. (2x) Now you have got my bonny bonny boy Be kind to my boy if you can For though he's none of mine he's a pleasure in my mind And I'll walk with that boy now and then. (2x) From Seeds of Love, Sedley RG
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