Maid of the Sweet Brow KnoweCome all ye lads and lassies, and listen to me a while
I'll sing to you a verse or two that will cause you all to smile
It's all about a young man, that I'm going to tell you now
And how he came a-courtin' to the Maid of the Sweet Brow Knowe
Says he, "My pretty young maid, if you and I agree
We'll join our hands in wedlock bands, and happy we will be
We'll join our hands in wedlock bands, and you have my solemn vow
That I'll do my best endeavors for the Maid of the Sweet Brow Knowe"
This young and pretty fair maid, she didn't know what to say
Her eyes did shine like diamonds bright, and merrily did play
Says she, "Young man, your love subdue, for I'm not ready now
And I'll spend another season at the foot of the Sweet Brow Knowe"
Says he, "My pretty young maid, how can you answer so?
Look down in yonder valley where my crops do gently grow
Look down in yonder meadow where my horses and my plough
Are at their daily labour for the Maid of the Sweet Brow Knowe."
"They're at their daily labour, 'tis true, but not for me
I've heard of your behavior, young man I have," says she
"There is an inn where you call in, and I've heard the neighbours say
That you rap and you call and you pay for all, and come home by the break of day."
"If I rap and I call and I pay for all, the money is all my own
I've spent none of your fortune, for I hear that you've got none
You thought you had my poor heart broke for pleadin' with you now
But I'll leave you where I found you, at the foot of the Sweet Brow Knowe."