The Twa Sisters
No: 10; variant: 10E
- THERE livd twa sisters in a bower,
Hey Edinbruch, how Edinbruch!
There lived twa sisters in a bower,
Stirling for aye!
The youngest o them O she was a flower!
Bonny Sanct Johnstoune that stands upon Tay!
- There cam a squire frae the west,
He loed them baith, but the youngest best.
- He gied the eldest a gay gold ring,
But he loed the youngest aboon a’ thing.
- ‘O sister, sister, will ye go to the sea?
Our father’s ships sail bonnilie.’
- The youngest sat down upon a stane;
The eldest shot the youngest in.
- ‘O sister, sister, lend me your hand,
And you shall hae my gouden fan.
- ‘O sister, sister, save my life,
And ye shall be the squire’s wife.’
- First she sank, and then she swam,
Untill she cam to Tweed mill-dam.
- The millar’s daughter was baking bread,
She went for water, as she had need.
- ‘O father, father, in our mill-dam
There’s either a lady, or a milk-white swan.’
- They could nae see her fingers small,
Wi diamond rings they were coverd all.
- They could nae see her yellow hair,
Sae mony knots and platts were there.
- They could nae see her lilly feet,
Her gowden fringes war sae deep.
- Bye there cam a fiddler fair,
And he’s taen three taits o her yellow hair.