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Hide
by Emily Portman

She had gold, she had grace
Hide, woman, hide
But she's never learnt a lady's place
She won't lay down her pride

She could never hold her tongue
Hide, woman, hide
But scolded him like he was young
She won't lay down her pride

And she wouldn't bear a child to him
Hide, woman, hide
For stretching of her lily-white skin
She won't lay down her pride

He is gone to the far far field
Hide, woman, hide
And by his knife made his old mare yield
That'll lay down her pride

He's taken off his old mare's skin
Hide, woman, hide
To wrap his own proud lady in
That'll lay down her pride

He said, "I can't thrash you for your proud kin."
Hide, woman, hide
"but I can thrash my old mare's skin
That'll lay down your pride."

And he put the salt hide on her back
Hide, woman, hide
He beat her blue, he beat her black
"that'll lay down your pride."

He beat the salted leather
Hide, woman, hide
But bruised and broke his lady's pride

He said, "lie there, lie there, till you're reformed."
Hide, woman, hide
"you should've been beaten the day you were born
That'll lay down your pride."

No breath lay in the salted hide
No beating heart was left inside
But as he left the hide alone
Life stirred beneath the broken bones

A beat it sounded from within
Hide, woman, hide
New scarlet marrow stretched the skin

And as the beat grew steadier still
Hide, woman, hide
Inside the hide there grew a will
"I won't lay down my pride."

His heart jumped as he heard a sound
Hide, woman, hide
Hooves a-thundering on the ground
"I won't lay down my pride."

Golden hair full of grace
Hide, woman, hide
Horse's hide, a lady's face
"I won't lay down my pride."

She said, "I've served a master all of my life."
Hide, woman, hide
"but you have beat me like a wife
I won't lay down my pride."

Sticks and stones, sticks and stones
Hide, woman, hide
"you'll not quiet these broken bones,
I won't lay down my pride."

"It's enough for me, enough for me."
Hide, woman, hide
"to live at large with liberty
I won't lay down my pride."

"enough for me, enough for me."
Hide, woman, hide
"to live at large with liberty
I won't lay down my pride."

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