“The Bailiff’s Daughter of Islington”: Child Ballad 105

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From A Book of Old Ballads, designed by Alice Havers

The Bailiff’s Daughter of Islington

There was a fair and fine young man and he was a squire’s son
He loved a Bailiff’s daughter dear She lived at Islington
But she was coy and never would on him her heart bestow
So they sent him down to London town because he loved her so
And she sang
Lu lie, Lu lie lo, and a Lu lie lay
Lu lie, Lu lie lo as he rode away

When seven long years had passed away she put on mean attire
And went straight down to London town about him to inquire
Well as she passed along the road through peril toil and pain
She rested on a distant place and her true love he came riding
And he sang
Lu lie, Lu lie lo, and a Lu lie lay
Lu lie, Lu lie lo as he rode away

Well kind young sir, tell unto me where did you learn that tune?
From a girl that I loved dear when I was a youth.
But, That was oh so long ago to think I loved in vain.
She died so many years ago. I never saw her again.
Then she sang
Lu lie, Lu lie lo, and a Lu lie lay
Lu lie, Lu lie lo as he rode away

Well she is not dead but alive dear man and standing by your side
She is not dead but alive dear man and ready to be thy bride
And they sang
Lu lie, Lu lie lo, and a Lu lie lay
Lu lie lu lie lo as they rode away.

Performed by Raymond Crooke.

“The Bailiff’s Daughter of Islington”: Child Ballad 105

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