Blow the Winds, I-Ho!

Melody -

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.
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.

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.'

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.'

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.

6. He set her on a milk-white steed,
Himself upon another;
And there they rode along the road,
Like sister, and like brother.

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!'

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.

9. And when the gates were open,
This lady jumped in;
She says, 'You are a fool without,
And I'm a maid within.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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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