aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
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The Barkshire Tragedy

A varmer* he lived in the West Countree,
(With a hey down, bow down,)
A varmer he lived in the West Countree,
And he had daughters, one two and three,
(And I'll be true to my love if my love'll be true to me).

As they were walking by the river's brim,
(With a hey, etc.)
The eldest push'd the youngest in,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

O sister, O sister, pray gie me thy hand,
(With a hey, etc.)
And I'll gie thee both house and land,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

I'll neither, I'll neither gie thee hand nor glove,
(With a hey, etc.)
Unless thou'lt gie me thy own true love,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

So down she sank and away she swam,
(With a hey, etc.)
Until she came to the miller's dam,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

The miller's daughter stood by the door,
(With a hey, etc.)
As fair as any gilly-flower,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

O vather,** vather, here swims a swan,
(With a hey, etc.)
Very much like a drownded gentlewoman,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

The miller he fot his pole and hook,
(With a hey, etc.)
And he fished the fair maid out of the brook,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

O miller, I'll gie thee guineas ten,
(With a hey, etc.)
If thou'lt fetch me back to my vather agen,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

The miller he took her guineas ten,
(With a hey, etc.)
And he pushed the fair maid in agen,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

But the Crowner he came and the Justice too,
(With a hey, etc.)
With a hue and a cry and a hullabaloo,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

They hanged the miller beside his own gate,
(With a hey, etc.)
For drowning the varmer's daughter Kate,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

The sister she fled beyond the seas,
(With a hey, etc.)
And died an old maid among black savagees***,
(And I'll be true, etc.)

So I've ended my tale of the West Countree,
(With a hey, etc.)
And they calls it the Barkshire Tragedee,
(And I'll be true, etc.)
-- Berkshire County Song


*Varmer = Farmer
**Vather = Father
*** pray pardon for yet another ethnic slur from an unenlightened time
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