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Fine Flowers In The Valley

Fine Flowers In The Valley

This is a peculiarly compact and characteristic specimen of the ballad. An origin in historical fact is suggested by the alternative title, " Lady Anne."

She sat down below a thorn,
Fine flowers in the valley;
And there she has her sweet babe born,
And the green leaves they grow rarely.

"Smile na sae sweet, my bonny babe,
Fine flowers in the valley,
An ye smile sae sweet, ye'll smile me dead,"
And the green leaves they grow rarely.

She's ta'en out her little penknife,
Fine flowers in the valley,
And twine'd the sweet babe o' its life,
And the green leaves they grow rarely.

She's howket a grave by the light o' the moon,
Fine flowers in the valley,
And there she's buried her sweet babe in,
And the green leaves they grow rarely.

As she was going to the church,
Fine flowers in the valley,
She saw a sweet babe in the porch,
And the green leaves they grow rarely.

"0 sweet babe, an thou were mine,
Fine flowers in the valley,
I wad dead thee in silk so fine,"
And the green leaves they grow rarely.

"0 mother dear, when I was thine,
Fine flowers in the valley,
Ye did na prove to me sae kind,"
And the green leaves they grow rarely.

Traditional.



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