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Young Hunting

No: 68; variant: 68B

  1. YOUNG REDIN’S til the huntin gane, Wi therty lords and three; And he has til his true-love gane, As fast as he could hie.
  2. ‘Ye’re welcome here, my Young Redin, For coal and candle-licht; And sae are ye, my Young Redin, To bide wi me the nicht.’
  3. ‘I thank ye for your licht, ladie, Sae do I for your coal; But there’s thrice as fair a ladie as thee Meets me at Brandie’s Well.’
  4. Whan they war at their supper set, And merrily drinking wine, This ladie has tane a sair sickness, And til her bed has gane.
  5. Young Redin he has followed her, And a dowie man was he; He fund his true-love in her bouer, And the tear was in her ee.
  6. Whan he was in her arms laid, And gieing her kisses sweet, Then out she’s tane a little penknife, And woundid him sae deep.
  7. ‘O lang, lang is the winter nicht, And slawly daws the day; There is a slain knicht in my bouer, And I wish he war away.’
  8. Then up bespak her bouer-woman, And she spak ae wi spite: ‘An there be a slain knicht in your bouer, It’s yoursell that has the wyte.’
  9. ‘O heal this deed on me, Meggy, O heal this deed on me; The silks that war shapen for me gen Pasche, They sall be sewed for thee.’
  10. ‘O I hae heald on my mistress A twalmonth and a day, And I hae heald on my mistress Mair than I can say.’
  11. They’ve booted him, and they’ve spurred him, As he was wont to ride, A huntin-horn round his neck, And a sharp sword by his side; In the deepest place o Clyde’s Water, It’s there they’ve made his bed.
  12. Sine up bespak the wylie parrot, As he sat on the tree: ‘And hae ye killd him Young Redin, Wha neer had love but thee?’
  13. ‘Come doun, come doun, ye wylie parrot, Come doun into my hand; Your cage sall be o the beaten gowd, Whan now it’s but the wand.’
  14. ‘I winna come doun, I canna come doun, I winna come doun to thee; For as ye’ve dune to Young Redin, Ye’ll do the like to me; Ye’ll thraw my head aff my hause-bane, And throw me in the sea.’
  15. O there cam seekin Young Redin Mony a lord and knicht, And there cam seekin Young Redin Mony a ladie bricht.
  16. And they’ve til his true-love gane, Thinking he was wi her; . . . . . . . . . . .
  17. ‘I hae na seen him Young Redin Sin yesterday at noon; He turnd his stately steed about, And hied him throw the toun.
  18. ‘But ye’ll seek Clyde’s Water up and doun, Ye’ll seek it out and in; I hae na seen him Young Redin Sin yesterday at noon.’
  19. Then up bespak Young Redin’s mither, And a dowie woman was scho: ‘There’s na a place in Clyde’s Water But my son wad gae throw.’
  20. They’ve sought Clyde’s Water up and doun, They’ve sought it out and in, And the deepest place in Clyde’s Water They’ve fund Young Redin in.
  21. O white, white war his wounds washen, As white as a linen clout; But as the traitor she cam near, His wounds they gushit out.
  22. ‘It’s surely been my bouer-woman, O ill may her betide! I neer wad slain him Young Redin, And thrown him in the Clyde.’
  23. Then they’ve made a big bane-fire, The bouer-woman to brin; It tuke not on her cheek, her cheek, It tuke not on her chin, But it tuke on the cruel hands That pat Young Redin in.
  24. Then They’ve tane out the bouer-woman, And pat the ladie in; It tuke na on her cheek, her cheek, It tuke na on her chin, But it tuke on the fause, fause arms That Young Redin lay in.