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Lovely Georgie (Greenleaf & Mansfield)

As I roved out one May morning,
One May morning so early;
And who should I spy but a comely maid,
A-pleading the life of Georgie?

"What have puir Georgie done, fair maid?
Have he killed or murdered anybody?"
"He have stolen three of the king's fair deer,
And sold them in Virginie."

She rode till she came to the King's fair court,
And people she saw many;
But among them all spied her own true love,
That grieved her more than any.

King looked over his left shoulder,
And words then he said many;
He says, "Fair maid, you have come too late,
Your Georgie is condemned already."

King looked over his right shoulder,
And words then he said many;
He says, "Fair maid, you have come too late,
Your Georgie is condemned already."

My Georgie shall be hung with golden chains,
Such chains there are not many;
With gold all laid to cover him in,
Saying, 'There lies the body of Georgie.'

"If I had my Georgie on yonder hill,
It's kisses he'd get many;
With sword and pistol by my side,
I would fight for the life of Georgie."
####.... Author unknown. Variant of Geordie [Child ballad #209] The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child (Dover, 1965) ....####
Sung in 1930 by Mrs Frank (Maud Roberts) Simmonds [1906-1949] of Glenburnie, Bonne Bay, NL, and published as #17 on p.40 in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, PA, 1968).

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