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Mary Hamilton

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MARY HAMILTON

Word's gane to the kitchen,
And word's gane to the ha’
That Mary Hamilton gangs wi bairn
To the hichest Stewart of a’.

He's courted her in the kitchen,
He's courted her in the ha’,
He's courted her in the laigh cellar
And that was warst of a’!

She's tyed it in her apron
And she's thrown it in the sea;
Says, "Sink ye, swim ye, bonny wee babe!
You’l ne’er get mair o’ me."

Down then cam the auld queen,
Goud tassels tying her hair:
"O Marie, where's the bonny wee babe
That I heard greet sae sair?"

"There was never a babe intill my room,
As little designs to be;
It was but a touch o my sair side
Come o'er my fair bodie."

"O Marie, put on your robes o’ black,
Or else your robes o’ brown,
For ye maun gang wi’ me the night
To see fair Edinbro’ town."

"I winna put on my robes o’ black,
Nor yet my robes o’ brown,
But I’ll put on my robes o’ white
To shine through Edinbro’ town."

When she gaed up the Cannogate,
She laugh'd loud laughters three;
But whan she cam down the Cannogate
The tear blinded her ee.

When she gaed up the Parliament stair,
The heel cam aff her shee;
And lang or she cam down again
She was condemned to dee.

Whan she cam down the Cannogate,
The Cannogate sae free,
Many a ladie look'd o'er her window
Weeping for this ladie.

"Ye need nae weep for me", she says,
"Ye need nae weep for me;
For had I not slain mine own sweet babe,
This death I wadna dee.

"Bring me a bottle of wine", she says,
"The best that e'er ye hae,
That I may drink to my weil-wishers,
An they may drink to me.

"Here's a health to the jolly sailors,
That sail upon the main;
Let them never let on to my father and mother,
But what I'm coming hame.

"Here's a health to the jolly sailors,
That sail upon the sea;
Let them never let on to my father an mother
That I cam here to dee.

"O little did my mother think
The day she cradled me,
What lans I was to travel through,
What death I was to dee.

"O little did my father think,
The day he held up me,
What lands I was to travel through,
What death I was to dee.

"Last night I wash'd the queen's feet,
An gently laid her down;
And a’ the thanks I’ve gotten the night,
To be hang’d in Edinbro’ town.

"Last nicht there was four Maries,
The nicht there'l bee bit three;
There was Marie Seton, an Marie Beton,
And Marie Carmichael, and me."
MARY HAMILTON

Word is to the kitchen gone,
And word is to the hall
And word is up to madam the queen,
And that's the worst of all.
That Mary Hamilton has borne a babe
To the highest Stuart of all.

Oh rise, arise Mary Hamilton
Arise and tell to me
What thou hast done with thy wee babe
I saw and heard weep by thee

I put him in a tiny boat
And cast him out to sea
That he might sink or he might swim
But he'd never come back to me

Oh rise arise Mary Hamilton
Arise and come with me
There is a wedding in Glasgow town
This night we'll go and see

She put not on her robes of black
Nor her robes of brown
But she put on her robes of white
To ride into Glasgow town

And as she rode into Glasgow town
The city for to see
The bailiff's wife and the provost's wife
Cried alack and alas for thee

Oh you need not weep for me she cried
You need not week for me
For had I not slain my own wee babe
This death I would not dee

Oh little did my mother think
When first she cradled me
The lands I was to travel in
And the death I was to dee

Last night I washed the queen's feet
Put the gold in her hair
And the only reward I find for this
The gallows to be my share

Cast off, cast off my gown, she cried
But let my petticoat be
And tie a napkin round my face
The gallows, I would not see

Then by them come the king himself
Looked up with a pitiful eye
Come down, come down Mary Hamilton
Tonight you will dine with me

Oh hold your tongue, my sovereign liege
And let your folly be
For if you'd a mind to save my life
You'd never have shamed me here

Last night there were four Marys
Tonight there'll be but three
It was Mary Beaton and Mary Seton
And Mary Carmichael and .



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