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Prince Robert

No: 87; variant: 87B

  1. IT’S fifty miles to Sittingen’s Rocks, As eer was ridden or gane; And Earl Robert has wedded a wife, But he dare na bring her hame. And Earl Robert has wedded a wife, But he dare na bring her hame.
  2. His mother, she called to her waiting-maid, To bring her a pint o wine: ‘For I dinna weel ken what hour of the day That my son Earl Robert shall dine.’
  3. She’s put it to her fause, fause cheek, But an her fause, fause chin; She’s put it to her fause, fause lips, But never a drap went in.
  4. But he’s put it to his bonny cheek, Aye and his bonny chin; He’s put it to his red rosy lips, And the poison went merrily doun.
  5. ‘O where will I get a bonny boy, That will win hose and shoon, That will gang quickly to Sittingen’s Rocks, And bid my lady come?’
  6. It’s out then speaks a bonny boy, To Earl Robert was something akin: ‘Many a time have I ran thy errand, But this day wi the tears I’ll rin.’
  7. Bat when he came to Sittingin’s Rocks, To the middle of a’ the ha, There were bells a ringing, and music playing, And ladies dancing a’.
  8. ‘What news, what news, my bonny boy? What news have ye to me? Is Earl Robert in very good health, And the ladies of your countrie?’
  9. ‘O Earl Robert’s in very good health, And as weel as a man can be; ‘O Earl Robert’s in very good health, And as weel as a man can be; But his mother this night has a drink to be druken, And at it you must be.’
  10. She called to her waiting-maid, To bring her a riding-weed, And she called to her stable-groom, To saddle her milk-white steed,
  11. But when she came to Earl Robert’s bouir, To the middle of a’ the ha, There were bells a ringing, and sheets doun hinging, And ladies mourning a’.
  12. ‘I’ve come for none of his gold,’ she said, ‘Nor none of his white monie, Excepting a ring of his smallest finger, If that you will grant me.’
  13. ‘Thou’ll not get none of his gold,’ she said, ‘Nor none of his white monie; Thou’ll not get a ring of his smallest finger, Tho thy heart should break in three.’
  14. She set her foot unto a stane, Her back unto a tree; She set her foot unto a stane, And her heart did break in three.
  15. The one was buried in Mary’s kirk, The other in Mary’s quire; Out of the one there grew a birk, From the other a bonnie brier.
  16. And these twa grew, and these twa threw, Till their twa craps drew near; So all the warld may plainly see That they loved each other dear.