Sir Hugh, or the Jew’s Daughter
No: 155; variant: 155[S]
- It rained so high, it rained so low,
. . . . . . .
In the Jew’s garden all below.
- Out came a Jew,
All clothe:d in green,
Saying, Come hither, come hither, my sweet little boy,
And fetch your ball again.
- ‘I won’t come hither, I shan’t come hither,
Without my school-fellows all;
My mother would beat me, my father would kill me,
And cause my blood to pour.
- ‘He showed me an apple as green as grass,
He showed me a gay gold ring,
He showed me a cherry as red as blood,
And that enticed me in.
- ‘He enticed me into the parlour,
He enticed me into the kitchen,
And there I saw my own dear sister,
A picking of a chicken.
- ‘He set me in a golden chair
And gave me sugar sweet;
He laid me on a dresser-board,
And stabbed me like a sheep.
- ‘With a Bible at my head,
A Testament at my feet,
A prayer-book at the side of me,
And a penknife in so deep.
- ‘If my mother should enquire for me,
Tell her I’m asleep;
Tell her I’m at heaven’s gate,
Where her and I shall meet.’