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My Bonny, Bonny Boy I once loved a boy and a bonny bonny boy, I loved him I vow and protest, I loved him so well, there's no tongue can tell, Till I built him a berth on my breast. 'Twas up the wild forest and through the green groves Like one that was troubled in mind, I hallooed, I whooped and I blew on my flute But no bonny boy could I find. I looked up high and I looked down low The weather being wonderful warm; And who should I spy but my own bonny boy Locked fast in another girl's arms. He took me upon his assembled knees And looked me quite hard in the face, He gave unto me one sweet smile and a kiss But his heart's in another girl's breast. Now my bonny, bonny boy is across the salt seas And I hope he will safely return; But if he loves another girl better than me Let him take her, and why should I mourn? Now the girl that enjoys my own bonny boy, She is not to be blamed, I am sure, For many's the long night he have robbed me of my rest But he never shall do it no more. From Marrow Bones, Purslow Collected from George Blake, Southampton, 1906 RG oct96
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