The Elfin Knight
No: 2; variant: 2A
- MY plaid awa, my plaid awa,
And ore the hill and far awa,
And far awa to Norrowa,
My plaid shall not be blown awa.
- The elphin knight sits on yon hill,
Ba, ba, ba, lilli ba
He blaws his horn both lowd and shril.
The wind hath blown my plaid awa
- He blowes it east, he blowes it west,
He blowes it where he lyketh best.
- ‘I wish that horn were in my kist,
Yea, and the knight in my armes two.’
- She had no sooner these words said,
When that the knight came to her bed.
- ‘Thou art over young a maid,’ quoth he,
‘Married with me thou il wouldst be.’
- ‘I have a sister younger than I,
And she was married yesterday.’
- ‘Married with me if thou wouldst be,
A courtesie thou must do to me.
- ‘For thou must shape a sark to me,
Without any cut or heme,’ quoth he.
- ‘Thou must shape it knife-and-sheerlesse,
And also sue it needle-threedlesse.’
- ‘If that piece of courtesie I do to thee,
Another thou must do to me.
- ‘I have an aiker of good ley-land,
Which lyeth low by yon sea-strand.
- ‘For thou must eare it with thy horn,
So thou must sow it with thy corn.
- ‘And bigg a cart of stone and lyme,
Robin Redbreast he must trail it hame.
- ‘Thou must barn it in a mouse-holl,
And thrash it into thy shoes soll.
- And thou must winnow it in thy looff,
And also seck it in thy glove.
- ‘For thou must bring it over the sea,
And thou must bring it dry home to me.
- ‘When thou hast gotten thy turns well done,
Then come to me and get thy sark then.’
- ‘I’l not quite my plaid for my life;
It haps my seven bairns and my wife.’
The wind shall not blow my plaid awa
- ‘My maidenhead I’l then keep still,
Let the elphin knight do what he will.’
The wind’s not blown my plaid awa