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Lady Diamond There was a king, a glorious king, a king of noble fame And he had daughters only one, Lady Diamond was her name He had a boy, a kitchen boy, a boy of muckle scorn She loved him long, she loved him aye, til the grass o'ergrew the corn When twenty weeks were gone and past, oh, she began to greet For her petticoat grew short before and her stays they would not meet It fell upon a winter's night, the king could get no rest He came unto his daughter dear, just like a wandering ghost He came unto his daughter dear, pulled back the curtains long What aileth thee, my daughter dear, I fear you have gotten wrong Oh, if I have, despise me not, for he is all my joy I will forsake both dukes and earls and marry your kitchen boy Oh, bring to me my merry men all by thirty and by three Oh bring to me my kitchen boy, we'll murder him secretly There was not a sound into the hall and ne'er a word was said until they had him safe and sure between two featherbeds Cut the heart from out of his breast, put it in a cup of gold And present it to his Diamond dear, for she was both stout and bold They Cut the heart from out of his breast, put it in a cup of gold And presented it to his Diamond dear, for she was both stout and bold Oh, come to me, my hinny, my heart, oh, come to me my joy Oh, come to me, my hinny, my heart, my father's kitchen boy She took the cup from out of their hands and set it at her bed head She washed it with tears that fell from her eyes and next morning she was dead Oh, where were you, my merry men all, when I gave meat and wage That you didn't stay my cruel hand when I was in a rage? For gone is all my heart's delight, oh, gone is all my joy For my dear Diamond, she is dead, likewise my kitchen boy Child #269 recorded by Jean Redpath on Philo Frankie Armstrong on Lovely on Water and MacColl & Seeger Blood Red Roses II SOF
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