The Twa Sisters
No: 10; variant: 10I
- THERE war twa sisters lived in a bouer,
Binnorie and Binnorie
There cam a squire to court them baith.
At the bonnie mill-streams o Binnorie
- He courted the eldest with Jewels and rings,
But he lovd the youngest the best of all things.
- He courted the eldest with a penknife,
He lovd the youngest as dear as his life.
- It fell ance upon a day
That these twa sisters hae gane astray.
- It was for to meet their father’s ships that had come in.
. . . . .
- As they walked up the linn,
The eldest dang the youngest in.
- ‘O sister, sister, tak my hand,
And ye’ll hae Lud John and aw his land.’
- With a silver wand she pushd her in,
. . . . .
- ‘O sister, sister, tak my glove,
And ye sall hae my ain true love.’
- The miller’s dochter cam out wi speed.
It was for a water to bake her bread.
- ‘O father, father, gae slack your dam;
There’s either a white fish or a swan.’
- Bye cam a blind fiddler that way,
And he took three tets o her bonnie yellow hair.
- And the first spring that he playd,
It said, ‘It was my sister threw me in.’