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Katharine Jaffray There was a squire in Edinboro town A squire of high degree. He fell in love with a country girl And a comely girl was she. Till at length her father came to hear And an angry man was he. He requested of his daughter dear To shun his company. [Then she promised to marry someone] She wrote her love a letter And she sealed it with her ring, Saying, "I'm going to be wedded To a farmer's son." He wrote her back an answer And to her did say "Be sure you dress in green And a suit of the same I will put on* For your wedding I will prepare." He rode east and he rode west And he rode all around his land. Then he smiled and thus did say, "I might deprive his bride all on his wedding day." He mounted then on a milk-white steed And a single man rode he Until he came to the wedding house door With his company dressed in green. "You are welcome, you are welcome! Where have you been all day Or have you seen those horsemen That rode along this way? " He looked at her, he laughed at her And thus to her did say, "They might have been some fairy troop That rode along this way." She filled him a glass of the new port wine And he drank to the company round Saying, "Happy is the man who will enjoy the bride For another might like her as well as he* And take her from his side." Then up spoke the intended groom And an angry man was he, "If it was to fight that you came here I am the man for thee." "It was not to fight that I came here But friends for to show. Give me one kiss from your bonny, bonny bride And away from your wedding I will go." He took her by the middle so small And by the grass green sleeve And out of the wedding house door they marched Of the company asked no leave. The drums did beat, the trumpets sound Most glorious to be seen And back they marched to Edinborotowr With his company dressed in green. *Tune to third line is repeated for fourth line. Child #211 From the New Green Mountain Songster, Flanders et al Collected from Mrs. E.M.Sullivan, VT RG
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