The outlandish dream

from by Phil Edwards

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An outlandish knight he dreamed a dream
He beheld a most beautiful creature.
No counsel would he take but a journey he'd make
Through England to find this fair creature.

He travelled through England and found her at last
Through many long weeks he had sought her
He came to the door where she stood on the floor
She was a poor labouring man's daughter.

"I never did see you but once in my life
And then in a dream you lay by me
And since I have found you and travelled so far
I hope, love, that you'll not deny me."

"Deny you? Kind sir, pray what is your intent
That you are so afraid of denial ?
Although I am poor, I will not be your whore
So pray put me not to the trial."

"Now here is a ring and a guinea in gold,
Between us now let it be broken.
I pray you forgive me for being so bold
Come give me a kiss as a token."

"A kiss it is like to a stone in a sling
Not fitting for any such poken :
So take back your ring and your guinea in gold
Between us never let it be broken."

"If I should consent your bride for to be,
Your family would all be offended
Your friends at all times would be frowning on me,
Because you are so highly descended."

"Father and mother I've none in this world,
There is none but myself and a brother.
And I know my friends they will not frown on thee.
So let us but love one another."

So now he has gained her love and delight,
They are living in great joy and pleasure,
A labouring man's daughter has married a knight.
May Heaven protect them together.


from 52 Folk Songs: Green, released March 10, 2012




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