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The Maid Freed From the Gallows

No: 95; variant: 95B

  1. ‘IT’S hold your hand, dear judge,’ she says, ‘O hold your hand for a while! For yonder I see my father a coming, Riding many’s the mile.
  2. ‘Have you any gold, father?’ she says, ‘Or have you any fee? Or did you come to see your own daughter a hanging, Like a dog, upon a tree?’
  3. ‘I have no gold, daughter,’ he says, ‘Neither have I any fee; But I am come to see my ain daughter hanged, And hanged she shall be.’
  4. ‘Hey the broom, and the bonny, bonny broom, The broom o the Cauthery Knowes! I wish I were at hame again, Milking my ain daddie’s ewes.
  5. ‘Hold your hand, dear judge,’ she says, ‘O hold your hand for a while! For yonder I see my own mother coming, Riding full many a mile.
  6. ‘Have you any gold, mother?’ she says, ‘Or have you any fee? Or did you come to see your own daughter hanged, Like a dog, upon a tree?’
  7. ‘I have no gold, daughter,’ she says, ‘Neither have I any fee; But I am come to see my own daughter hanged, And hanged she shall be.’
  8. ‘Hey the broom, the bonnie, bonnie broom, The broom o the Cauthery Knowes! I wish I were at hame again, Milking my ain daddie’s ewes.
  9. ‘Hold your hand, dear judge,’ she says, ‘O hold your hand for a while! For yonder I see my ae brother a coming, Riding many’s the mile.
  10. ‘Have you any gold, brother?’ she says, ‘Or have you any fee? Or did you come to see your ain sister a hanging, Like a dog, upon a tree?’
  11. ‘I have no gold, sister,’ he says, ‘Nor have I any fee’ But I am come to see my ain sister hanged, And hanged she shall be.’
  12. ‘Hey the broom, the bonnie, bonnie broom, The broom o the Cathery Knowes! I wish I were at hame again, Milking my ain daddie’s ewes.
  13. ‘Hold your hand, dear judge,’ she says, ‘O hold your hand for a while! For yonder I see my own true-love coming, Riding full many a mile.
  14. ‘Have you any gold, my true-love?’ she says, ‘Or have you any fee? Or have you come to see your own love hanged, Like a dog, upon a tree?’