Proud Lady Margaret

No: 47; variant: 47E

  1. FAIR MARGRET was a young ladye, An come of high degree; Fair Margret was a young ladye, An proud as proud coud be.
  2. Fair Margret was a rich ladye, The king’s cousin was she; Fair Margaret was a rich ladye, An vain as vain coud be.
  3. She war’d her wealth on the gay cleedin That comes frae yont the sea, She spent her time frae morning till night Adorning her fair bodye.
  4. Ae night she sate in her stately ha, Kaimin her yellow hair, When in there cum like a gentle knight, An a white scarf he did wear.
  5. ‘O what’s your will wi me, sir knight, O what’s your will wi me? You’re the likest to my ae brother That ever I did see.
  6. ‘You’re the likest to my ae brother That ever I hae seen, But he’s buried in Dunfermline kirk, A month an mair bygane.’
  7. ‘I’m the likest to your ae brother That ever ye did see, But I canna get rest into my grave, A’ for the pride of thee.
  8. ‘Leave pride, Margret, leave pride, Margret, Leave pride an vanity; Ere ye see the sights that I hae seen, Sair altered ye maun be.
  9. ‘O ye come in at the kirk-door Wi the gowd plaits in your hair; But wud ye see what I hae seen, Ye maun them a’ forbear.
  10. ‘O ye come in at the kirk-door Wi the gowd prins i your sleeve; But wad ye see what I hae seen, Ye maun gie them a’ their leave.
  11. ‘Leave pride, Margret, leave pride, Margret, Leave pride an vanity; Ere ye see the sights that I hae seen, Sair altered ye maun be.’
  12. He got her in her stately ha, Kaimin her yellow hair, He left her on her sick sick bed, Sheding the saut saut tear.