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Young Edmund
by Bella Hardy

Young Emily was a servant girl, her lover a sailor bold
He ploughed the main much gold to gain for Emily we are told
When seven years had gone and passed he did return him home
To show the gold that he had gained down on the lowlands low

Her father kept a public house, it stood down by the sea
“Young Edmund you can enter there and all night you can stay
And I’ll meet you here tomorrow, just don’t you let my father know
That your name it is that young Edmund who ploughed the lowlands low”

As Edmund he did enter there, well all his gold he did show
Said Emily’s cruel father, “This gold shall be your foe
For your wealth and all you money shall soon my fortunes grow
And I’ll send your body sinking down into the lowlands low”

As Edmund on his pillow lay and scarce had fell asleep
It’s Emily’s cruel father into the room he did creep
He has dragged and raised him out of bed and to the sea he did go
And he’s sent his body sinking down into the lowlands low

As Emily on her pillow lay, she had a frightful dream
She dreamt she saw her young Edmund laid in a crystal stream
And so early the next morning to her father’s house she did go
Because she loved him dearly who ploughed the lowlands low

“Oh father where’s the stranger, come here last night to lie?”
“Oh he is dead, no tales he’ll tell” her father did reply.
“Oh father, cruel father, you shall die a public show
For the murder of that young Edmund who ploughed the lowlands low”

It’s Emily’s cruel father, could day nor night take rest
For the murder of this young Edmund he therefore did confess
He was tried and he was sentenced and he died a public show
For the murder of that young Edmund who ploughed the lowlands low

Contributed by Anna J. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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