The Elfin Knight
No: 2; variant: 2B
- MY plaid awa, my plaid awa,
And owre the hills and far awa,
And far awa to Norrowa,
My plaid shall not be blawn awa.
- The Elphin knight sits on yon hill,
Ba, ba, ba, lillie ba
He blaws his horn baith loud and shrill.
The wind hath blawn my plaid awa
- He blaws it east, he blaws it west,
He blaws it where he liketh best.
- ‘I wish that horn were in my kist,
Yea, and the knight in my arms niest.’
- She had no sooner these words said,
Than the knight came to her bed.
- ‘Thou art oer young a maid,’ quoth he,
‘Married with me that thou wouldst be.’
- ‘I have a sister, younger than I,
And she was married yesterday.’
- ‘Married with me if thou wouldst be,
A curtisie thou must do to me.
- ‘It’s ye maun mak a sark to me,
Without any cut or seam,’ quoth he.
- ‘And ye maun shape it, knife-, sheerless,
And also sew it needle-, threedless.’
- ‘If that piece of courtisie I do to thee,
Another thou must do to me.
- ‘I have an aiker of good ley land,
Which lyeth low by yon sea strand.
- ‘It’s ye maun till’t wi your touting horn,
And ye maun saw’t wi the pepper corn.
- ‘And ye maun harrow’t wi a thorn,
And hae your wark done ere the morn.
- ‘And ye maun shear it wi your knife,
And no lose a stack o’t for your life.
- ‘And ye maun stack it in a mouse hole,
And ye maun thrash it in your shoe sole.
- ‘And ye maun dight it in your loof,
And also sack it in your glove.
- ‘And thou must bring it over the sea,
Fair and clean and dry to me.
- ‘And when that ye have done your wark,
Come back to me, and ye’ll get your sark.’
- ‘I’ll not quite my plaid for my life;
It haps my seven bairns and my wife.’
- ‘My maidenhead I’ll then keep still,
Let the elphin knight do what he will.