Fair Eleanor (Kenneth Peacock)

Young Johnny arose in the middle of the night,
And went to his true love and this he did say,
"Arise you pretty fair maid and come along with me,
I will take you to some clergy and married we will be."

Fair Eleanor arose in the middle of the night,
And dressed herself like an angel so bright.
He did lead her along till the greenwoods did appear,
And he says, "My dearest jewel, some clergy draws near."

And when that he got her all in the greenwoods,
He says, "Now, you fair maid, come strip off your clothes,
Come strip off your clothes, the fine garments that you wear,
And I will be your butcher this good night I'll declare."

Down on her bended knees she fell and for mercy did cry,
"Spare me, dear Johnny, for I don't want to die."
No mercy at all this said villain did show,
And he pierced her body through and the blood it did flow.

He covered her over and home he did fly,
Saying that cruel murder he ever would deny;
But the power of Almighty was there for to see,
To catch this sad villain at his cruelty.

Fair Eleanor was lost and could nowhere be found,
Went to this sad villain and did him surround,
Saying that cruel murder he never could deny,
In Castlebury jail this sad villain did die.

####.... Author unknown ....####

Collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock from Mrs Charlotte Decker [1884-1967] of Parson's Pond, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.608-609, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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