The Cruel Brother

No: 11; variant: 11K

  1. THERE were three ladies playing at ball, Gilliver, Gentle, and Rosemary There came three knights and looked over the wall. Sing O the red rose and the white lilly
  2. The first young knight, he was clothed in red, And he said, ‘Gentle lady, with me will you wed?’
  3. The second young knight, he was clothed in blue, And he said, ‘To my love I shall ever be true.’
  4. The third young knight, he was clothed in green, And he said, ‘Fairest maiden, will you be my queen?’
  5. The lady thus spoke to the knight in red, ‘With you, sir knight, I never can wed.’
  6. The lady then spoke to the knight in blue, And she said, ‘Little faith I can have in you.’
  7. The lady then spoke to the knight in green, And she said, ‘‘Tis at court you must seek for a queen.’
  8. The three young knights then rode away, And the ladies they laughed, and went back to their play. Singing, etc.