Blow the Winds, I-Ho!

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Traditional Northumbrian ballad

There was a shepherd's son,
He kept sheep on yonder hill;
He laid his pipe and his crook aside,
And there he slept his fill.
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And blow the winds, I-ho!
Sing, blow the winds, I-ho!
Clear away the morning dew,
And blow the winds, I-ho!

2. He looked east, and he looked west,
He took another look,
And there he spied a lady gay,
Was dipping in a brook.
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3. She said, 'Sir, don't touch my mantle,
Come, let my clothes alone;
I will give you as much money
As you can carry home.'
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4. 'I will not touch your mantle,
I'll let your clothes alone;
I'll take you out of the water clear,
My dear, to be my own.'
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5. He did not touch her mantle,
He let her clothes alone;
But he took her from the clear water,
And all to be his own.
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6. He set her on a milk-white steed,
Himself upon another;
And there they rode along the road,
Like sister, and like brother.
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7. And as they rode along the road,
He spied some cocks of hay;
'Yonder,' he says, 'is a lovely place
For men and maids to play!'
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8. And when they came to her father's gate,
She pulled at a ring;
And ready was the proud porter
For to let the lady in.
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9. And when the gates were open,
This lady jumped in;
She says, 'You are a fool without,
And I'm a maid within.
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10. 'Good morrow to you, modest boy,
I thank you for your care;
If you had been what you should have been,
I would not have left you there.
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11. 'There is a horse in my father's stable,
He stands beyond the thorn;
He shakes his head above the trough,
But dares not prie the corn.
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12. 'There is a bird in my father's flock,
A double comb he wears;
He flaps his wings, and crows full loud,
But a capon's crest he bears.
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13. 'There is a flower in my father's garden,
They call it marygold;
The fool that will not when he may,
He shall not when he wold.'
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14. Said the shepherd's son, as he doft his shoon,
'My feet they shall run bare,
And if ever I meet another maid,
I rede that maid beware.'
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