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King's Daughter Jane Queen Jane sat at her window one day A sewing a silken seam She looked out at the merry green woods And saw the green nut tree And saw the green nut tree She dropped her thimble at her heal And her needle at her toe And away she ran to the merry green woods To gather nuts and so To gather nuts and so She scarce had reached the merry green woods Scarce had pulled nuts two or three When a proud forester came striding by Saying, "Fair maid, let those be" Saying, "Fair maid, let those be" "Why do you pull the nuts," he said "And why do you break the tree? And why do you come to this merry green wood Without the leave of me? Without the leave of me?" "Oh, I will pull the nuts," she said "And I will break the tree And I will come to this merry green wood I'll ask no leave of thee I'll ask no leave of thee" He took her by the middle so small And he gently laid her down And when he took what he longed for He raised her from the ground He raised her from the ground "Oh woe to you, proud forester And an ill death may yours be Since I am the King's youngest daughter," she cried "You will pay for wronging me You will pay for wronging me" "If you're the King's youngest daughter," he said "Then I'm his eldest son And woe unto this unhappy hour And the wrong that I have done And the wrong that I have done" "The very first time I came from sea Jane you were unborn And I wish my gallant ship had sunk And I'd been left forlorn And I'd been left forlorn" "The very next time I came from sea You were on your nurse's knee And the very next time I came from sea You were in this wood with me You were in this wood with me" "I wish I ne'er had seen your face Or that you had ne'er seen mine That we ne'er had met in this merry green wood And this wrong could be undone And this wrong could be undone" "I wish to God my babe was born And on it's nurse's knee And as for me, I was dead and gone And the green grass growing over me And the green grass growing over me" Child #52 recorded by Sara Cleveland note pieces of TAM LIN, Wild Goose Grasses, Bonnie Hind, Sheath & Knife, etc SOF
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