Ed de Moel

Child Ballads - Lyrics

Child 112
The Baffled Knight
Version D

  1. Herd's Ancient and Modern Scots, p. 328, 1769.
  2. Dixon, Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England, p. 123, Percy Society, vol. xvii; Bell, p. 80.


1   There was a shepherd's son
Kept sheep upon a hill;
He laid his pipe and crook aside,
And there he slept his fill.
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
2   He looked east, he looked west,
Then gave an under-look,
And there he spyed a lady fair,
Swimming in a brook.
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
3   He raisd his head frae his green bed,
And then approachd the maid;
'Put on your claiths, my dear,' he says,
'And be ye not afraid.
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
4   ''tis fitter for a lady fair
To sew her silken seam
Than to get up in a May morning
And strive against the stream.'
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
5   'If you'll not touch my mantle,
And let my claiths alane,
Then I'll give you as much money
As you can carry hame.'
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
6   'O I'll not touch your mantle,
And I'll let your claiths alane;
But I'll tak you out of the clear water,
My dear, to be my ain.'
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
7   And when she out of the water came,
He took her in his arms:
'Put on your claiths, my dear,' he says,
'And hide those lovely charms.'
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
8   He mounted her on a milk-white steed,
Himself upon anither,
And all along the way they rode,
Like sister and like brither.
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
9   When she came to her father's yate
She tirled at the pin,
And ready stood the porter there,
To let this fair maid in.
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
10   And when the gate was opened,
So nimbly's she whipt in;
'Pough! you're a fool without,' she says,
'And I'm a maid within.
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
11   'Then fare ye well, my modest boy,
I thank you for your care;
But had you done what you should do,
I neer had left you there.'
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
12   'Oh I'll cast aff my hose and shoon,
And let my feet gae bare,
And gin I meet a bonny lass,
Hang me if her I spare.'
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
13   'In that do as you please,' she says,
'But you shall never more
Have the same opportunity;'
With that she shut the door.
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.
14   There is a gude auld proverb,
I've opten heard it told,
He that would not when he might,
He should not when he would.
      Sing, Fal deral, etc.

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