Bonnie Broom

from the collection of Ann O’Hayen Price

There was a lady lived in the North
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And she had lovely daughters three
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There was a knight of noble worth
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Who also lived into the north
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O late one night it was cold and bright
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This knight he knocked at the lady’s gate
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The eldest daughter she let him in
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O-pen the door with a silver pin
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The second daughter she’s made his bed
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And linens in place so fine she spread
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The youngest daughter so fair and bright
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In one bed lay with this noble knight
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Now that you’ve had your will of me
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O then kind sir, will you marry me?
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When you have answered me questions three
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O then fair maid, we will married be
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O what is louder than the horn
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and what is sharper than the thorn
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O thunder’s louder than the horn
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and hunger’s sharper than the thorn
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And what is longer than the way
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and what is deeper than the sea
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O love is longer than the way
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and hell is deeper than the sea
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O what is greener than the grass
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And what’s more wicked than a woman e’er was
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O envy’s greener than the grass
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And the devil more wicked than a woman e’er was
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As soon as she the fiend did name
Lay the bend tae the bonnie broom
He flew away in a blazing flame
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