The Cruel Brother
No: 11; variant: 11[M]
- There was three ladies playing at the ba,
With a hay and a lilly gay
A gentleman cam amang them a’.
And the roses grow sweet aye
- The first of them was clad in yellow,
And he askd at her gin she’d be his marrow.
- The next o them was clad in green;
He askd at her gin she’d be his queen.
- The last o them [was] clad in red;
He askd at her gin she’d be his bride.
- ‘Have ye asked at my father dear?
Or have ye asked my mother dear?
- ‘Have ye asked my sister Ann?
Or have ye asked my brother John?’
- ‘I have asked yer father dear,
And I have asked yer mother dear.
- ‘I have asked yer sister Ann,
But I’ve quite forgot your brother John.’
- Her father dear led her thro them a’,
Her mother dear led her thro the ha.
- Her sister Ann led her thro the closs,
And her brother John stabbed her on her horse.
- ‘Ride up, ride up,’ says the foremost man,
‘I think our bride looks pale and wan.’
- ‘Ride up,’ cries the bonny bridegroom,
‘I think the bride be bleeding.’
- ‘This is the bludy month of May,
Me and my horse bleeds night and day.
- ‘O an I were at yon green hill,
I wad ly down and bleed a while.
- ‘O gin I was at yon red cross,
I wad light down and corn my horse.
- ‘O an I were at yon kirk-style,
I wad lye down and soon be weel.’
- When she cam to yon green hill,
Then she lay down and bled a while.
- And when she cam to yon red cross,
Then she lighted and corned her horse.
- ‘What will ye leave your father dear?’
‘My milk-white steed, which cost me dear.’
- ‘What will ye leave your mother dear?’
‘The bludy clothes that I do wear.’
- ‘What will ye leave your sister Ann?’
‘My silver bridle and my golden fan.’
- ‘What will ye leave your brother John?’
‘The gallows-tree to hang him on.’
- ‘What will ye leave to your sister Pegg?’
‘The wide world for to go and beg.’
- When she came to yon kirk-style,
Then she lay down, and soon was weel.