Gil Brenton

No: 5; variant: 5H

  1. WE were seven sisters in a bower, Adown adown, and adown and adown The flower of a’ fair Scotland ower. Adown adown, and adown and adown
  2. We were sisters, sisters seven, The fairest women under heaven.
  3. There fell a dispute us amang, Wha would to the greenwood gang.
  4. They kiest the kevels them amang, O wha would to the greenwood gang.
  5. The kevels they gied thro the ha, And on the youngest it did fa.
  6. The kevel fell into her hand, To greenwood she was forced to gang.
  7. She hedna pued a flower but ane, When by there came an earl’s son.
  8. ‘And was he well or was he wae, He keepet me that summer’s day.’
  9. And was he weel or was he weight, He keepet her that summer’s night.
  10. And he gave her a gay goud ring His mother got at her wedding.
  11. ‘Oh is yer stirrup set too high? Or is your saddle set awry?
  12. ‘Oh is yer stirrup set too side? Or what’s the reason ye canna ride?’
  13. When all were at the table set, Then not a bit could this lady eat.
  14. When all made merry at the feast, This lady wished she were at her rest.