The Three Ravens

Anonymous (ca 1611)
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There were three ra'ens sat on a tree,
   Down a down, hey down, hey down,
They were as black as black might be,
   With a down.
The one of them said to his mate,
Where shall we our breakfast take?
   With a down, derry, derry, derry down, down

Down in yonder green field,
   Down, a down, hey down, hey down,
There lies a knight slain 'neath his shield,
   With a down.
His hounds they lie down at his feet,
So well they do their master keep,
   With a down, derry, derry, derry down, down.

His hawks they fly so eagerly,
   Down a down, hey down, hey down,
No other fowl dare come him night,
   With a down.
Down there comes a fallow doe
As great with young as might she go
   With a down, derry, derry, derry down, down

She lifted up his bloody head,
   Down a down, hey down, hey down,
And kissed his wounds that were so red,
   With a down.
She got him up upon her back,
And carried him to earthen lake,
   With a down, derry, derry, derry down, down

She buried him before the prime
   Down a down, hey down, hey down,
She was dead herself ere e'en-song time,
   With a down.
God send every gentleman,
Such hawks, such hounds, and such a leman.
   With a down, derry, derry, derry down, down


The Twa Corbies

Anonymous (18th Cent)


Scottish Adaptation of The Three Ravens

   As I was walking all alane,
I heard twa corbies making a mane;
The tane unto the t'other say,
"Where sall we gang and dine to-day?"

   "In behint yon auld fail dyke,
I wot there lies a new slain knight;
And naebody kens that he lies there,
But his hawk, his hound, and lady fair.

    "His hound is to the hunting gane,
His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl hame;
His lady's ta'en another mate,
So we may mak our dinner sweet.

    "Ye'll sit on his white hause-bane,
And I'll pike out his bonny blue een;
Wi ae lock o his gowden hair
We'll theek our nest when it grows bare.

   "Mony a one for him makes mane,
But nane sall ken where he is gane;
Oer his white banes, when they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair."

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