THE BONNIE BANKS O' FORDIE

 

1 There were three ladies lived in a bower, And they went out to pull a flower.
-Down by the bonnie banks o' Fordie
2 They hadna pu'ed a flower but ane, When up started to them a banisht man.
3 He's taen the eldest by the hand, And he's turned her round and he's made her stand.
4 'It's 'Will ye be a robber's wife, Or will ye die by my pen-knife?'
5 'It's I'll not be a robber's wife, But I'll rather die by your pen-knife.'
6 And he's taen out his wee pen-knife, O and he haye taen, o her life.

7 He's taken the second ane by the hand, And he's turned her round and he's made her stand.
8 'It's will ye be a robber's wife, Or will ye die by my pen-knife?'
9 'I'll not be a robber's wife, But I'll rather die by your pen-knife.'
10 He's killed this maid, and he's laid her by, For to bear the red rose company.

11 He's taken the youngest ane by the hand, And he 's turned her round and made her stand.
12 'O, it's 'Will ye be a robber's wife, Or will ye die by my pen-knife?'
13 'I'll not be a robber's wife, Nor will I die by your pen-knife.'
14 'For I hae a brother in this country. Well if you kill me, it 's he'll kill thee.'

15 'Hey, tell to me your brother's name.' 'My brother's name it's Baby Lon.'
16 '0 sister, what haye I done to thee! Haye I done this dreadfull thing to thee!'
17 So he's taen out his wee pen-knife, And he haye taen o his ain life.