Ballad

IT was Earl Haldan's daughter,
She looked across the sea;
She looked across the water;
And long and loud laughed she:
" The locks of six princesses
Must be my marriage fee,
So hey bonny boat, and ho bonny boat!
Who comes a wooing me? "

It was Earl Haldan's daughter,
She walked along the sand;
When she was aware of a knight so fair,
Came sailing to the land
His sails were all of velvet,
His mast of beaten gold,
And " Hey bonny boat, and ho bonny boat!
Who saileth here so bold? "

" The locks of five princesses
I won beyond the sea;
I clipt their golden tresses,
To fringe a cloak for thee
One handful yet is wanting,
But one of all the tale;
So hey bonny boat, and ho bonny boat!
Furl up thy velvet sail! "

He leapt into the water,
That rover young and bold;
He gript Earl Haldan's daughter,
He clipt her locks of gold:
" Go weep, go weep, proud maiden,
The tale is full to-day.
Now hey bonny boat, and ho bonny boat!
Sail Westward ho! away! "
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