The Cruel Mother

No: 20; variant: 20A

  1. AND there she’s leand her back to a thorn, Oh and alelladay, oh and alelladay And there she has her baby born. Ten thousand times good night and be wi thee
  2. She has houked a grave ayont the sun, And there she has buried the sweet babe in.
  3. And she’s gane back to her father’s ha, She’s counted the leelest maid o them a’.
  4. ‘O look not sae sweet, my bonie babe, Gin ye smyle sae, ye’ll smyle me dead.’