Two Sisters (12) There were three sisters lived in a hall Hey with the gay and the grandeur O And there came a lord to court them all At the bonnie bows o London town He courted the eldest with a penknife And he vowed that he would take her life He courted the youngest with a glove And he said that he'd be her true love 'O sister, O sister, will you go and take a walk And see our father's ships how they float? 'O lean your foot upon the stone And wash your hand in that sea foam.' She leaned her foot upon the stone But her eldest sister has tumbled her down 'O sister, O sister, give me your hand And I'll make you lady of all my land.' 'O I'll not lend to you my hand But I'll be lady of your land.' 'O sister, sister, give me your glove And I'll make you lady of my true love.' 'It's I'll not lend to you my glove But I'll be lady of your true love.' Sometimes she sank, and sometimes she swam Until she came to a miller's dam The miller's daughter was coming out wi speed For water for to bake some bread 'O father, father, stop the dam For it's either a lady or a milk-white swan.' He dragged her out unto the shore And stripped her of all she wore By cam a fiddler, and he was fair And he buskit his bow in her bonnie yellow hair By cam her father's harper, and he was fine And he made a harp o her bonny breast-bone When they came to her father's court The harp and the fiddle these words spoke: 'O God bless my father the king And I wish the same to my mother the queen Child #10 MX apr00
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