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Young Hunting

No: 68; variant: 68I

  1. ‘Come down, come down, thou bonnie bird, Sit low upon my hand, And thy cage shall be o the beaten gowd, And not of hazel wand.’
  2. ‘O woe, O woe be to thee, lady, And an ill death may thou die! For the way thou guided good Lord John, Soon, soon would thou guide me.’
  3. ‘Go bend to me my bow,’ she said, ‘And set it to my ee, And I will gar that bonnie bird Come quickly down to me.’
  4. ‘Before thou bend thy bow, lady, And set it to thy ee, O I will be at yon far forest, Telling ill tales on thee.’