Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight

No: 4; variant: 4B

  1. THERE came a bird out o a bush, On water for to dine, An sighing sair, says the king’s daughter, ‘O wae’s this heart o mine!’
  2. He’s taen a harp into his hand, He’s harped them all asleep, Except it was the king’s daughter, Who one wink couldna get.
  3. He’s luppen on his berry-brown steed, Taen ‘er on behind himsell, Then baith rede down to that water That they ca Wearie’s Well.
  4. ‘Wide in, wide in, my lady fair, No harm shall thee befall; Oft times I’ve watered my steed Wi the waters o Wearie’s Well.’
  5. The first step that she stepped in, She stepped to the knee; And sighend says this lady fair, ‘This water’s nae for me.’
  6. ‘Wide in, wide in, my lady fair, No harm shall thee befall; Oft times I’ve watered my steed Wi the water o Wearie’s Well.’
  7. The next step that she stepped in, She stepped to the middle; ‘O,’ sighend says this lady fair, I’ve wat my gowden girdle.’
  8. ‘Wide in, wide in, my lady fair, No harm shall thee befall; Oft times have I watered my steed Wi the water o Wearie’s Well.’
  9. The next step that she stepped in, She stepped to the chin; ‘O,’ sighend says this lady fair, ‘They sud gar twa loves twin.’
  10. ‘Seven king’s-daughters I’ve drownd there, In the water o Wearie’s Well, And I’ll make you the eight o them, And ring the common bell.’
  11. ‘Since I am standing here,’ she says, ‘This dowie death to die, One kiss o your comely mouth I’m sure wad comfort me.’
  12. He louted him oer his saddle bow, To kiss her cheek and chin; She’s taen him in her arms twa, An thrown him headlong in.
  13. ‘Since seven king’s daughters ye’ve drowned there, In the water o Wearie’s Well, I’ll make you bridegroom to them a’, An ring the bell mysell.’
  14. And aye she warsled, and aye she swam, And she swam to dry lan; She thanked God most cheerfully The dangers she oercame.