… to the lady, "Now I'm going away.
They had not been sleeping for but an hour or more,
"Oh mistress, dear mistress, how can you sleep fast
"There are two woollen sheets," she cried, "as white as the snow,
"Come spare me my life," she cried, "until twelve o'clock
There was blood in the kitchen, there was blood in the hall,
Child # 93;Karpeles, 1934:17, 1971:69, 71, 72 (2 variants), 307 (composite), Leach 36, 37, Peacock 806 ("Bold Lamkin"); see http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/BalladSearch.html, Bronson, for many citations and recordings; Henry 735 ("Lambkin"); Roud 6.
History: Published by Percy in 1775, two narrative forms of this ballad have evolved, one more clearly Scottish, the other Northumbrian.
Text notes: A grim story of a child murderer, Lamkin, and a "lady" who sacrificed her child for her own safety.
Tune notes: Most North American variants are in triple metre, but like many other Newfoundland Child ballad variants, this one has an unusual tune in 4/4 metre.
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