"The Mermaid"

Vernon Hill

Ballads Weird and Wonderful (1912)




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Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)

Code: VH BWW M22 SGC
Price: US$5.00

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Reproduction on 8x12'' sheet

Code: VH BWW M22 8x12
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Reproduction on 12x18'' sheet

Code: VH BWW M22 12x18
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The Mermaid



To yon fause stream, that, near the sea,

Hides many a shelf and plum,

And rives wi' fearful din the stanes,

A witless knight did come.


The day shines clear far in he's gane

Where shells are silver bright,

Fishes were loupin' a around',

And sparklin' to the light.


Whan, as he laved, sounds cam sae sweet

Frae ilka rouck an' tree;

The brief was out, 'twas him it doom'd

The mermaid's face to see.


Frae 'neath a rock, soon, soon she rase,

And stately on she swam,

Stopp'd i' the midst, and becked and sant

To him to stretch his han'.


Gowden glist the yellow links

That round her neck she'd twine;

Her een war o' the skyie blue,

Her lips did mock the wine;

The smile upon her bonny cheek

Was sweeter than the bee;

Her voice excell'd the birdie's sang

Upon the birchen tree.


Sae couthie, couthie did she look,

And mickle had she fleech'd;

Out shot his hand alas! alas!

Fast in the swirl he screech'd.


The mermaid laugh'd, her brief was gane,

And kelpie's blast was blawin',

Fu' low she douk'd, ne'er rase again,

For deep, deep was the fawin'.


Aboon the stream his wraith was seen,

Warlocks tirl'd lang at gloamin';

That e'en was coarse, the blast blew hoarse,

Ere lang the waves were foamin'.