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Lamkin

No: 93; variant: 93P

  1. A BETTER mason than Lammikin nevir builded wi the stane, Wha builded Lord Weire’s castill, but wages nevir gat nane.
  2. They stecked doors, they stecked yates, close to the cheik and the chin; They stecked them a’ but a little wickit, and Lammikin crap in.
  3. ‘Now where’s the lady of this castle? nurse, tell to Lammikin:’ ‘She’s sewing up intill her bowir,’ the fals nourrice she sung.
  4. ‘What sall we do, what sall we say, to gar her cum there down?’ ‘We’ll nip the baby in the cradle, the fals nourrice she sung.
  5. Lammikin nipped the bonie babe, while loud fals nourice sings; Lammikin nipped the bony babe, while hich the red blude springs.
  6. ‘O gentil nourice, please my babe, O please him wi the keys:’ ‘He’ll no be pleased, gay lady, gin I’d sit on my knees.’
  7. ‘Gude gentil nourice, please my babe, O please him wi a knife:’ ‘He winna be pleased, mistress myne, gin I wad lay down my lyfe.’
  8. ‘Sweet nourice, loud, loud cries my babe, O please him wi the bell:’ ‘He winna be pleased, gay lady, till ye cum down yoursell.’