Lambs on the Green Hills

Melody -

1. The lambs on the green hills,
They sport and they play
And many strawberries grow
Round the salt sea
How sad is my heart
When my love is away
How many's the ships sails the ocean.

2. The bride and the bride's party
To church they did go
The bride she rode foremost,
She bears the best show
But I followed after
With my heart filled with woe
To see my love wed to another.

3. The first place I saw her
Was in the church stand
Gold rings on her fingers
And her love by the hand
Says I, ma wee lassie,
I will be the man
Altho you are wed to another.
  4. The next place I saw her
Was on the way home
I ran on before her,
Not knowing where to roam
Says I, ma wee lassie,
I'll be by your side
Altho you are wed to another.

5. Stop, stop, says the groomsman,
Til I speak a word
Will you venture your life
On the point of my sword
For courting so slowly
You've lost this fair maid
So, begone for you'll never enjoy her.

6. Oh make now my grave,
Both large, wide and deep
And sprinkle it over
With flowers so sweet
And lay me down in it
To take my last sleep
For that's the best way to forget her.

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