Lamkin

No: 93; variant: 93L

  1. ‘O WHERE’S the men of this house?’ quo the Lamkin: ‘They’re in the barn threshing,’ quo the false nurse within.
  2. ‘O where’s the women of the house?’ quo the Lamkin: ‘They’re at the well washing,’ quo the false nurse within.
  3. ‘O where’s the lord of this house?’ quo the Lamkin: ‘He’s in the wood hunting,’ quo the false nurse within.
  4. ‘O where’s the lady of the house?’ quo the Lamkin: ‘She’s in her bower dressing,’ quo the false nurse within.
  5. ‘O please my babie, nourrice, O please him with the keys:’ ‘He’ll no be pleased, madam, let me do what I please.’
  6. ‘O please my babie, nourrice, O please him with the bell:’ ‘He’ll no be pleased, madam, till ye come down yoursell.’
  7. There was blood in the chaumer, and blood in the ha, And blood in his ladie’s room, which he liked warst of a’.