The Twa Sisters

No: 10; variant: 10[Y]

  1. There was a king lived in the North Country, Hey down down dery down There was a king lived in the North Country, And the bough it was bent to me There was a king lived in the North Country, And he had daughters one, two, three. I’ll prove true to my love, If my love will prove true to me.
  2. He gave the eldest a gay gold ring, But he gave the younger a better thing.
  3. He bought the younger a beaver hat; The eldest she thought much of that.
  4. ‘Oh sister, oh sister, let us go run, To see the ships come sailing along!’
  5. And when they got to the sea-side brim, The eldest pushed the younger in.
  6. ‘Oh sister, oh sister, lend me your hand, I’ll make you heir of my house and land.’
  7. ‘I’ll neither lend you my hand nor my glove, Unless you grant me your true-love.’
  8. Then down she sunk and away she swam, Untill she came to the miller’s mill-dam.
  9. The miller’s daughter sat at the mill-door, As fair as never was seen before.
  10. ‘Oh father, oh father, there swims a swan, Or else the body of a dead woman.’
  11. The miller he ran with his fishing hook, To pull the fair maid out o the brook.
  12. ‘Wee’ll hang the miller upon the mill-gate, For drowning of my sister Kate.’