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Knight and Shepherd's Daughter 'Tis of a shepherd's daughter, kept sheep upon the hill A noble lord come a riding by and he swore he'd have his will With your roses all in bloom Go no more a roving so late in the afternoon And when he'd had his will of her and everything was done She picked up her apron, at the horse's side she run And when she came to the river wide she lay on her breast and swum And when she's come to the other side she took to her heels and run And when she came to the King's castle, she tingled at the pin There was none so ready as the King himself to rise and let her in Oh, it's King, oh King, oh noble King, it's noble King, cried she You have a lord in this castle, this day has robbed me Did he robe you of your purple robe, did he rob you of your pall Did he rob you of your gay gold ring you had on your finger small He neither robbed my purple robe, nor robbed me of my pall He robbed me of my virgin bloom, and that's the worst of all Well if he is a married man, high hanged he shall be And if he is a single man, then his body belongs to thee If I call down my merry men, what would you know him by? I'd know him by his curly locks and the rolling of his eye Then he's called down his merry men, by one, by two, by three Knight William was the foremost man, the very same man was he Why should I drink the water, when I can get the wine? If you was but a beggar's brat, why did ye be wanting mine? If I was but a beggar's brat, as ye make me out to be When I was out a roving, why didn't ye let me be? O God forbid, oh God forbid, oh God forbid, cried he Oh little did I think that the beggar's brat would have to make a wife for me Child #110 In some versions, it turns out that she is really noble and he is not. Sung by John and Tony on Spencer the Rover SOF
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