Lamkin

No: 93; variant: 93O

  1. ‘YOU have two bright diamonds, as bright as the stars, Put one on each finger, they’ll show you doun stairs.’
  2. The first step this lady took, she dreaded no harm; But the second step this lady took, she was in Lammikin’s arms.
  3. ‘Will I kill her, nursie, or will I let her be?’ ‘Oh yes, kill her, Lammikin, she was never gude to me.’
  4. ‘How can [ye] say so, nursie? how can ye say so? For your head neer did ache but my heart it was sore.
  5. ‘Oh spare my life, nursie, oh spare my life, spare; Ye’ll have as mony gowd guineas as there’s birds in the air.
  6. ‘O spare my life, nursie, till my lord comes back; Ye’ll have as mony gowd guineas as the fou of a sack.’
  7. ‘Oh yes kill her and . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  8. ‘Go scour the silver basin, go scour it fine, For our lady’s heart’s blude is gentle to tine.
  9. ‘Go scour the silver skewer, oh scour it richt fine, For our lady’s heart’s blude is gentle to tine.’