Cruel Sister

There lived a lady by the North Sea shore
Lay the bairn to the bonnie broom
Two daughters were the babes she bore
Fa la la la la la la la la la

One grew as fair as in the sun
Lay the bairn to the bonnie broom
So cold, dark, grew the elder one
Fa la la la la la la la la la etc.

A knight came riding to the ladies' door
He travelled far to be their wooer

He courted one with gloves and rings
But the other he loved above all things

“Oh, sister, sister won't you walk with me
To see the ships sail o'er sea”

And as they walked the windy shore
The dark girl pushed her sister o'er

Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam
Crying “Sister, reach to me your hand

Oh sister, sister please let me live
And all that's mine I'll surely give

“It's your own true love I want, and more
That thou shalt never come ashore”

And as she floated like a swan
The salt sea bore her body on

Two minstrels walked by the windy strand
They saw her body float to land

They made a harp of her breast bone
Who's sound would melt a heart of stone

They took three strands of her yellow hair
And with them strung this harp so rare

They took this harp to her father's hall
There to play before them all

But when they set the harp upon a stone
It began to play alone

The first song sang a doleful sound
“The bride her younger sister drowned”

The second string, when this they tried
In terror sits the black haired bride

The third string sang beneath their bow
“And now her tears will surely flow”

OOC Notes

Traditional - needs some filking to match geography.

cruel_sister.txt · Last modified: 2013/04/18 10:19 by Hannah
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