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Geordie

No: 209; variant: 209E

  1. THERE was a battle in the north, And rebels there were many, And they were a’ brought before the king, And taken was my geordie. My Geordie O, O my Geordie O, O the love I bear to Geordie! For the very ground I walk upon Bears witness I love Geordie.
  2. As she went up the tolbooth-stair, The cripples there stood many, And she dealt the red gold them among, For to pray for her love Geordie.
  3. And when she came unto the hall The nobles there stood many, And every one stood hat on head, But hat in hand stood Geordie.
  4. O up bespoke a baron bold, And O but he spoke bonnie! ‘Such lovers true shall not parted be,’ And she’s got her true-love Geordie.
  5. When she was mounted on her high horse, And on behind her Geordie, Nae bird on the brier eer sang sae clear As the young knight and his lady. O my Geordie O, O my Geordie O, O the love I bear to Geordie! The very stars in the firmament Bear tokens I love Geordie.