The Twa Sisters
No: 10; variant: 10Q
- THERE dwelt twa sisters in a bower,
Oh and ohone, and ohone and aree!
And the youngest she was the fairest flower.
On the banks of the Banna, ohone and aree!
- There cam a knight to court the twa,
But on the youngest his love did fa.
- He courted the eldest with ring and wi glove,
But he gave the youngest all his love.
- He courted the eldest with brooch and wi knife,
But he loved the youngest as his life.
- ‘O sister, O sister, will ye come to the stream,
To see our father’s ships come in?’
- The youngest stood upon a stane,
Her sister came and pusht her in.
- ‘O sister, O sister, come reach me your hand,
And ye shall hae all our father’s land.
- ‘O sister, O sister, come reach me your glove,
And you shall hae William to be your true love.’
- ‘I did not put you in with the design
Just for to pull you out again.’
- Some time she sank, some time she swam,
Until she came to a miller’s dam.
- The miller’s daughter dwelt on the Tweed,
She went for water to bake her bread.
- ‘O faither, faither, come drag me your dam,
For there’s aither a lady in’t, or a milk-white swan.’
- The miller went, and he dragd his dam,
And he brought her fair body to lan.
- They couldna see her waist sae sma
For the goud and silk about it a’.
- They couldna see her yallow hair
For the pearls and jewels that were there.
- Then up and spak her ghaist sae green,
‘Do ye no ken the king’s dochter Jean?
- ‘Tak my respects to my father the king,
And likewise to my mother the queen.
- ‘Tak my respects to my true love William,
Tell him I deid for the love of him.
- ‘Carry him a lock of my yallow hair,
To bind his heart for evermair.’