The Maid Freed From the Gallows

No: 95; variant: 95C

  1. ‘HOLD up thy hand, most righteous judge, Hold up thy hand a while! For here I see my own dear father, Come tumbling over the stile.
  2. ‘Oh hast thou brought me silver or gold, Or jewels, to set me free? Or hast thou come to see me hung? For hanged I shall be.
  3. ‘If I could get out of this prickly bush, That prickles my heart so sore, If I could get out of this prickly bush, I’d never get in it no more.’
  4. ‘Oh I have brought nor silver nor gold, Nor jewels, to set thee free; But I have come to see thee hung, For hanged thou shall be.
  5. ‘It’s I have brought thee silver and gold, And jewels, to set thee free; I have not come to see thee hung, For hanged thou shall not be.’
  6. ‘Now I have got out of this prickly bush, That prickled my heart so sore, And I have got out of this prickly bush, I’ll never get in it no more.’