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The Maid Freed From the Gallows

No: 95; variant: 95A

  1. ‘O GOOD Lord Judge, and sweet Lord Judge, Peace for a little while! Methinks I see my own father, Come riding by the stile.
  2. ‘Oh father, oh father, a little of your gold, And likewise of your fee! To keep my body from yonder grave, And my neck from the gallows-tree.’
  3. ‘None of my gold now you shall have, Nor likewise of my fee; For I am come to see you hangd, And hanged you shall be.’
  4. ‘Oh good Lord Judge, and sweet Lord Judge, Peace for a little while! Methinks I see my own mother, Come riding by the stile.
  5. ‘Oh mother, oh mother, a little of your gold, And likewise of your fee, To keep my body from yonder grave, And my neck from the gallows-tree!’
  6. ‘None of my gold now shall you have, Nor likewise of my fee; For I am come to see you hangd, And hanged you shall be.’
  7. ‘Oh good Lord Judge, and sweet Lord Judge, Peace for a little while! Methinks I see my own brother, Come riding by the stile.
  8. ‘Oh brother, oh brother, a little of your gold, And likewise of your fee, To keep my body from yonder grave, And my neck from the gallows-tree!’
  9. ‘None of my gold now shall you have, Nor likewise of my fee; For I am come to see you hangd, And hanged you shall be.’
  10. ‘Oh good Lord Judge, and sweet Lord Judge, Peace for a little while! Methinks I see my own sister, Come riding by the stile.
  11. ‘Oh sister, oh sister, a little of your gold, And likewise of your fee, To keep my body from yonder grave, And my neck from the gallows-tree!’
  12. ‘None of my gold now shall you have, Nor likewise of my fee; For I am come to see you hangd, And hanged you shall be.’
  13. ‘Oh good Lord Judge, and sweet Lord Judge, Peace for a little while! Methinks I see my own true-love, Come riding by the stile.
  14. ‘Oh true-love, oh true-love, a little of your gold, And likewise of your fee, To save my body from yonder grave, And my neck from the gallows-tree.’
  15. ‘Some of my gold now you shall have, And likewise of my fee, For I am come to see you saved, And saved you shall be.’