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Tim Jenkins, Balladeer: Music

The Broomfield Hill (Child 43)

(Tim Jenkins, Balladeer)
August 8, 2010
Traditional


There was a knicht and a lady bricht
Set trysts amang the broom,
The ane to be there at twal o’ the clock
And the other yin true at noon.

Chorus
Oh leeze me thee, and thoo and a’
And madam will ye do?
And the seal o’ me is abracee
Fair maiden I’m for you.

I’ll wager you, my bonnie lass,
Five hunder pound and ten,
That ye’ll no’ come tae the tap o’ the hill
And come back a maid again.
Chorus

I’ll tak your wager, bonnie lad,
Five hunder pound and ten,
That I’ll gang tae the tap o’ the hill
And come back a maid again.
Chorus

As she walked up that high, high hill,
It was the hour of noon,
And there she saw her true lover,
A sleepin’ in the broom.
Chorus

Nine times she walked aroond his heid,
Nine times aroond his feet,
Nine times she kissed his bonnie red mou’,
And O, but it was sweet.
Chorus

When he awoke frae his muckle sleep,
And oot o’ his unco dreams,
Says he “My freres, whaure’s my true love,
That has been here and gane?”
Chorus

 “If ye slept mair in the nicht, maister,
Ye’d wauken mair in the day.
If ye’d awaukened frae your sleep
She would nae hae gotten away.”
Chorus

“If ye’d hae waukened me frae my sleep,
O’ her I’d ha’ taen my will.
Though she’d hae deed the very next day,
I would hae gotten my fill.”
Chorus

Oh greetin’, greetin’, went she out,
But lauchin’ came she in
‘Twas a’ for her body’s safety,
And the wager she did win.
Chorus

So the wager’s laid and the wager’s paid,
Five hunder’ pound and ten,
‘Twas a’ for her body’s safety,
And the wager she did win.
Chorus

knicht: knight
bricht: bricht
set trysts: arranged a meeting
amang: among
ane: one
twal: twelve
o’: of
yin: one
leeze me thee: dear is to me
thoo: thou
a’: all
seal o’ me is abracee: this is my pledge
hunder: hundred
no’: not
tae: to
tap: top
tak :take
gang: go
around: around
heid: head
mou’: mouth
frae: from
muckle: deep
oot: out
unco: unnatural
frères: friends
whaure: where
gane: gone
mair: more
nicht: night
maister: master
wauken: woken
hae: have
ha’: have
taen: taken
deed: died
greetin: weeping
lauchin: laughing