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CRUEL SISTER (traditional) Pentangle There lived a lady by the North Sea shore (Lay the bent to the bonnie broom) Two daughters were the babes she bore (Fa la la la la la la la la la) As one grew bright as in the sun So coal black grew the elder one A knight came riding to the lady's door He'd travelled far to be their wooer He courted one with gloves and rings But loved the other above all things Oh sister will you go with me To watch the ships sail on the sea? She took her sister by the hand And led her down to the North Sea strand And as they stood on the windy shore The dark girl threw her sister o'er Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam Crying sister reach to me your hand Oh sister, sister let me live And all that's mine I'll surely give It's your own truelove that I'll have and more But thou shalt never come ashore And there she floated like a swan The salt sea bore her body on Two minstrels walked along the strand And saw the maiden float to land They made a harp of her breast bone Whose sound would melt a heart of stone They took three locks of her yellow hair And with them strung the harp so rare They went into her father's hall To play the harp before them all But as they laid it on a stone The harp began to play alone The first string sang a doleful sound The bride her younger sister drowned The second string as that they tried In terror sits the black-haired bride The third string sang beneath their bow And surely now her tears will flow (Contributed by =Ae= - December 2008)

    


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