THE UNQUIET GRAVE

 

Cold blows the wind to my true love,
And gently drops the rain,
I never had but one sweetheart,
And in greenwood she lies slain,
And in greenwood she lies slain.

 I'll do as much for my sweetheart
As any young man may;
I'll sit and mourn all on her grave
For a twelvemonth and a day

 When the twelvemonth and one day was past,
The ghost began to speak;
"Why sit test here all on my grave,
And will not let me sleep?

 "There's one thing that I want, sweetheart,
There's one thing that I crave
And that is a kiss from your lily-white lips--
Then I'll go from your grave

 "My breast it is as cold as clay,
My breath smells earthly strong
And if you kiss my cold clay lips,
Your days they won't be long.

 "Go fetch me water from the desert,
And blood from out of a stone;
Go fetch me milk from a fair maid's breast
That a young man never had known."

 "O down in yonder grove, sweetheart,
Where you and I would walk,
The first flower that ever I saw
Is wither'd to a stalk

 "The stalk is wither'd and dry, sweetheart,
And the flower will never return
And since I lost my own sweetheart,
What can I do but mourn?

 "When shall we meet again, sweetheart?
When shall we meet again?"
"When the oaken leaves that fall from trees
Are green and spring up again
Are green and spring up again."