No: 17; variant: 17A
- IN Scotland there was a babie born,
Lill lal, etc.
And his name it was called young Hind Horn.
With a fal lal, etc.
- He sent a letter to our king
That he was in love with his daughter Jean.
- He’s gien to her a silver wand,
With seven living lavrocks sitting thereon.
- She’s gien to him a diamond ring,
With seven bright diamonds set therein.
- ‘When this ring grows pale and wan,
You may know by it my love is gane.’
- One day as he looked his ring upon,
He saw the diamonds pale and wan.
- He left the sea and came to land,
And the first that he met was an old beggar man.
- ‘What news, what news?’ said young Hind Horn;
‘No news, no news,’ said the old beggar man.
- ‘No news,’ said the beggar, ‘No news at a’,
But there is a wedding in the king’s ha.
- ‘But there is a wedding in the king’s ha,
That has halden these forty days and twa.’
- ‘Will ye lend me your begging coat?
And I’ll lend you my scarlet cloak.
- ‘Will you lend me your beggar’s rung?
And I’ll gie you my steed to ride upon.
- ‘Will you lend me your wig o hair,
To cover mine, because it is fair?’
- The auld beggar man was bound for the mill,
But young Hind Horn for the king’s hall.
- The auld beggar man was bound for to ride,
But young Hind Horn was bound for the bride.
- When he came to the king’s gate,
He sought a drink for Hind Horn’s sake.
- The bride came down with a glass of wine,
When he drank out the glass, and dropt in the ring.
- ‘O got ye this by sea or land?
Or got ye it off a dead man’s hand?’
- ‘I got not it by sea, I got it by land,
And I got it, madam, out of your own hand.’
- ‘O I’ll cast off my gowns of brown,
And beg wi you frae town to town.
- ‘O I’ll cast off my gowns of red,
And I’ll beg wi you to win my bread.’
- ‘Ye needna cast off your gowns of brown,
For I’ll make you lady o many a town.
- ‘Ye needna cast off your gowns of red,
It’s only a sham, the begging o my bread.’
- The bridegroom he had wedded the bride,
But young Hind Horn he took her to bed.