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The Cruel Mother

No: 20; variant: 20K

  1. LADY MARGARET looked oer the castle wa, Hey and a lo and a lilly O And she saw twa bonnie babes playing at the ba. Down by the green wood sidy O
  2. ‘O pretty babes, an ye were mine, I would dress you in the silks so fine.’
  3. ‘O false mother, when we were thine, Ye did not dress us in silks so fine.’
  4. ‘O bonnie babes, an ye were mine, I would feed you on the bread and wine.’
  5. ‘O false mother, when we were thine, Ye did not feed us on the bread and the wine.’
  6. ‘Seven years a fish in the sea, And seven years a bird in the tree.
  7. ‘Seven years to ring a bell, And seven years porter in hell.’