"The Cruel Mother"

Vernon Hill

Ballads Weird and Wonderful (1912)

 

 

 

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The Cruel Mother

 

   

She has ta'en her mantle her about,

All alone and alonie O;

She has gane aff to the gude greewood,

Down by yon greenwood sidie O.

 

She has set her back unto an aik,

First it bowed, and syne it brake.

 

She has set her back unto a brier,

Bonny were the twa babes she did bear.

 

She ta'en out her little pen-knife.

And she's parted them and their sweet life.

 

She has howkit a hole, baith deep and wide,

She has put them in baith side by side.

 

She has gane back to her father's ha',

She seem'd the lealest maid o' them a'.

As she lookit o'er the castle wa',

She saw twa naked boys plaing at the ba'.

 

"O, bonny boys, gin ye were mine,

I would cleed ye in the satin fine.

 

"O, and I would cleed ye in the silk,

And wash you aye in morning milk."

 

"O, cruel mither, when we were thine,

Ye did na prove to us sae kind,

 

"But out ye took your little pen-knife,

And parted us, and our sweet life.

 

"And now we're in the heavens sae hie,

All alone and alonie O;

And ye hae the pains o' hell to dree,

Down by yon greenwood sidie O.