Child Waters

No: 63; variant: 63I

  1. LORD JOHN stands in his stable-door, Just on his way to ride; Lady Ellen stands in her bower-door, Says, Bide, Lord John, abide!
  2. He did ride, and she did run, A lief-lang simmer’s day, Until they came till a wan water, That a’ man did ca Tay.
  3. The first step that she steppit in, She steppit tae the cweet; An sichan said that gay lady, I fear this water’s deep!
  4. The next step that she steppit in, She steppit tae the knee; An sichan said that gay lady, This water’s deep for me!
  5. Lord John hield down his high horse head, Said, Lady, will ye ride? ‘O no! O no! kind sir,’ she said, ‘I’ll rather choose tae wide.’
  6. The next step that she steppit in, She steppit tae the chin; An sichan said that gay lady, I’ll wide nae farrer in.
  7. The firsten town that they cam till, She got a leash o huns tae lead, . . . . . . . . . .
  8. When bells were rung, and mass was sung, An a’ was ready tae dine, . . . . . . . . . .
  9. When bells were rung, and mass was sung, An a’ were bound for bed, . . . . . . . . . .