Tim Hart and Maddy Prior Capt. Wedderburn's Courtship Lyrics

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Captain Wedderburn's Courtship
The Laird o' Roslin's daughter walked through the woods alone
When by come Captain Wedderburn, a servant of the King
He said unto his servant man, "Were it not against the law
I'd take her into my own bed and lie her next to the wall"

Then he jumped off his milk-white steed and he set the lady on
And all the way he walked on foot and he held her by the hand
He held her by the middle of the waist for fear that she should fall
Till he took her to his own bed to lie her next to the wall

"Oh," said the pretty lady, "before you do gain me
It's you must dress me vicious yet and nurtage dishes three
It's dishes three you must dress me, though I'll not eat at all
Before I lie at your bed at either stock or wall"

"Oh you must get for supper a cherry without a stone
And you must get for supper a chicken without a bone
And you must get for supper a bird without a gall
Before I lie at your bed at either stock or wall"

"A cherry when it is in bloom, I'm sure it has no stone
And the chicken when it's in the egg, I'm sure it has no bone
The dove she is a gentle bird and she flies without a gall
So we'll lie both in one bed and you'll lie next to the wall"

"Oh," said the pretty lady, "before you me perplex
It's you must answer questions yet and that is questions six
Questions six you must tell me and that is threetimes twa
Before I lie at your bed at either stock or wall"

"Oh, what is greener than the grass, what's higher than the trees?
Oh, what is worse than womans wise, what's deeper than the seas?
What was the first bird that did crow and what did first down fall?
Before I lie at your bed at either stock or wall"

"Oh, taft is greener than the grass, Heaven is higher than the trees
The devil is worse than a womans wise, Hell is deeper than the seas
The c___ was the first bird that did crow and the dew did first down fall
So we'll lie both in one bed and you'll lie next to the wall"

Oh little did that fair maid think that morning when she rose
That this would be the very last of all her maiden days
And in the parish where they live they're the happiest pair of all
And they both lie in one bed and she lies next to the wall
Folk Songs of Olde England, Volume 2 Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 My Son John
  • 2 Earl Richard
  • 3 Paddy Stole the Rope
  • 4 The Gardener
  • 5 Bay of Boscay
  • 6 Queen Eleanor's Confession
  • 7 Horn of the Hunter
  • 8 Copshawaholm Fair
  • 9 Oats and Beans
  • 10 Fiddlers Green
  • 11 Capt. Wedderburn's Courtship
  • 12 Turkey Rhubarb
  • 13 Bold Fisherman
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