Lord Rendal

No: 12; variant: 12I

  1. ‘O WHERE have you been, Tiranti, my son? O where have you been, my sweet little one?’ ‘I have been to my grandmother’s; mother, make my bed soon, For I’m sick to my heart, and I’m faint to lie down.’
  2. ‘What did you have for your supper, Tiranti, my son? What did you have for your supper, my sweet little one?’ ‘I had eels fried in butter; mother, make my bed soon, For I’m sick to my heart, and I’m faint to lie down.’
  3. ‘Where did the eels come from, Tiranti, my son? Where did the eels come from, my sweet little one?’ ‘From the corner of the haystack; mother, make my bed soon, For I’m sick to my heart, and I’m faint to lie down.’
  4. ‘What color were the eels, Tiranti, my son? What color were the eels, my sweet little one?’ ‘They were streake:d and stripe:d; mother, make my bed soon, For I’m sick to my heart, and I’m faint to lie down.’
  5. ‘What’ll you give to your father, Tiranti, my son? What’ll you give to your father, my sweet little one?’ ‘All my gold and my silver; mother, make my bed soon, For I’m sick to my heart, and I’m faint to lie down.’
  6. ‘What’ll you give to your mother, Tiranti, my son? What’ll you give to your mother, my sweet little one?’ ‘A coach and six horses; mother, make my bed soon, For I’m sick to my heart, and I’m faint to lie down.’
  7. ‘What’ll you give to your grandmother, Tiranti, my son? What’ll you give to your grandmother, my sweet little one?’ ‘A halter to hang her; mother, make my bed soon, For I’m sick to my heart, and I’m faint to lie down.’
  8. ‘Where’ll you have your bed made, Tiranti, my son? Where’ll you have your bed made, my sweet little one?’ ‘In the corner of the churchyard; mother, make my bed soon, For I’m sick to my heart, and I’m faint to lie down.’