Four and twenty bonny boys|
Were playing at the ba',
And by it came him, sweet Sir Hugh,
And he played o'er them a'.
2. He kick'd the ba' with his right foot,
3. He's doen him to the Jew's castell,
4. "Throw down the ba', ye Jew's daughter,
5. "How will I come up? How can I come up?
6. She's gane till her father's garden,
7. She's led him in through ae dark door,
8. And first came out the thick, thick blood,
9. She's row'd him in a cake o'lead,|
Bade him lie still and sleep;
She's thrown him in Our Lady's draw-well
Was fifty fathom deep.
10. When the bells were rung, and mass was sung
11. She's ta'en her mantle her about,
12. She's doen her to the Jew's castell,
13. She's doen her to the Jew's garden,
14. She near'd Our Lady's deep draw-well,
15. "Gae hame, gae hame, my mither dear,
16. Now Lady Maisry is gane hame,
17. And a' the bells o' merry Lincoln|
Without men's hands were rung;
And a' the books o' merry Lincoln
Were read without man's tongue;
And ne'er was such a burial
Sin Adam's days begun.
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