Twa Sisters O' Binnorie

There were twa sisters sat in a bow'r;
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  A knight cam' there, a noble wooer,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.
  He courted the eldest wi' glove and ring,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  But he lo'ed the youngest aboon a' thing,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.
  The eldest she was vexed sair,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  And sair envìed her sister fair,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  Upon a morning fair and clear,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie !)
  She cried upon her sister dear,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  `O sister, sister, tak' my hand,'
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  `And let's go down to the river-strand,'
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  She's ta'en her by the lily hand,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  And down they went to the river-strand
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  The youngest stood upon a stane,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  The eldest cam' and pushed her in,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  'O sister, sister, reach your hand!'
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  'And ye sall be heir o' half my land'--
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  'O sister, reach me but your glove!'
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  'And sweet William sall be your love'--
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  Till she cam' to the mouth o' yon mill-dam,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie

  Out then cam' the miller's son
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  And saw the fair maid swimmin' in,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  'O father, father, draw your dam!'
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  'There's either a mermaid or a swan,'
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  The miller quickly drew the dam,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  And there he found a drown'd womàn,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  Round about her middle sma'
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  There went a gouden girdle bra'
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  All amang her yellow hair
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  A string o' pearls was twisted rare,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  On her fingers lily-white,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  The jewel-rings were shining bright,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  And by there cam' a harper fine,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  Harpèd to nobles when they dine,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  And when he looked that lady on,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  He sigh'd and made a heavy moan,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  He's ta'en three locks o' her yellow hair,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  And wi' them strung his harp sae rare,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  He went into her father's hall,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  And played his harp before them all,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  And sune the harp sang loud and clear,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  `Fareweel, my father and mither dear!'
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  And neist when the harp began to sing,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  'Twas 'Fareweel, sweetheart!' said the string,
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.

  And then as plain as plain could be,
  (Binnorie, O Binnorie!)
  'There sits my sister wha drownèd me!
  By the bonny mill-dams o' Binnorie.'

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