[Crafty Miss] A Lilt

O she on a little grey mare
And he on a gelding also
He whispered one word in her ear
And straight to an inn they did go.

They soon had their horses put out
They called for a supper with speed
They drank the full bumpers around
O the glass it went merry indeed.

This miss she arose the next morning
Two hours before it was day
She called up the landlord with speed
Saying “Landlord what is there to pay?”

“Ten guineas” the landlord replied
She paid him his money indeed
And then to obey her next order
“Go saddle the golden with speed.”

She hoodwinked this young man indeed
She showed him a trick for his gold
Then mounting the gelding with speed
She left him the mare she had stole.

It was all done in Essex’s county
The truth of it there you will find
The people they showed him no pity
They said he was served in his kind.

Song Text Source: 

Phillips Manuscript supplemented by the recording

Gordon, Robert Winslow, 1888-1961
Date Recorded: 
September, 1924
Track Duration (h:m:s): 
Original Medium: 
wax cylinder
American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Call Number/Physical Location: 
AFS 19011A: G90 Misc 152

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