No: 53; variant: 53B
- IN England was Young Brechin born,
Of parents of a high degree;
The selld him to the savage Moor,
Where they abused him maist cruellie.
- Thro evry shoulder they bord a bore,
And thro evry bore they pat a tree;
They made him draw the carts o wine,
Which horse and owsn were wont to drie.
- The pat him into prison strong,
Where he could neither hear nor see;
They pat him in a dark dungeon,
Where he was sick and like to die.
- ‘Is there neer an auld wife in this town
That’ll borrow me to be her son?
Is there neer a young maid in this town
Will take me for her chiefest one?’
- A Savoyen has an only daughter,
I wat she’s called Young Brichen by;
‘O sleepst thou, wakest thou, Brichen?’ she says,
‘Or who is’t that does on me cry?
- ‘O hast thou any house or lands,
Or hast thou any castles free,
That thou wadst gi to a lady fair
That out o prison wad bring thee?’
- ‘O lady, Lundin it is mine,
And other castles twa or three;
These I wad gie to a lady fair
That out of prison wad set me free.’
- She’s taen him by the milk-white hand,
And led him to a towr sae hie,
She’s made him drink the wine sae reid,
And sung to him like a mavosie.
- O these two luvers made a bond,
For seven years, and that is lang,
That he was to marry no other wife,
And she’s to marry no other man.
- When seven years were past and gane,
This young lady began to lang,
And she’s awa to Lundin gane,
To see if Brechin’s got safe to land.
- When she came to Young Brechin’s yett,
She chappit gently at the gin;
‘Is this Young Brechin’s yett?’ she says,
‘Or is this lusty lord within?’
‘O yes, this is Lord Brechin’s yett,
And I wat this be his bridal een.’
- She’s put her hand in her pocket,
And thrawin the porter guineas three;
‘Gang up the stair, young man,’ she says,
‘And bid your master come down to me.
- ‘Bid him bring a bite o his ae best bread,
And a bottle o his ae best wine,
And neer forget that lady fair
That did him out o prison bring.’
- The porter tripped up the stair,
And fell low down upon his knee:
‘Rise up, rise up, ye proud porter,
What mean you by this courtesie?’
- ‘O I hae been porter at your yett
This thirty years and a’ but three;
There stands the fairest lady thereat
That ever my twa een did see.
- ‘On evry finger she has a ring,
On her mid-finger she has three;
She’s as much gold on her horse’s neck
As wad by a earldom o land to me.
- ‘She bids you send o your ae best bread,
And a bottle o your ae best wine,
And neer forget the lady fair
That out o prison did you bring.’
- He’s taen the table wi his foot,
And made the cups and cans to flee:
‘I’ll wager a’ the lands I hae
That Susan Pye’s come oer the sea.’
- Then up and spak the bride’s mother:
‘And O an ill deid may ye die!
If ye didna except the bonny bride,
Ye might hae ay excepted me.’
- ‘O ye are fair, and fair, madam,
And ay the fairer may ye be!
But the fairest day that eer ye saw,
Ye were neer sae fair as yon lady.’
- O when these lovers two did meet,
The tear it blinded baith their ee;
‘Gie me my faith and troth,’ she says,
‘For now fain hame wad I be.’
- ‘Tak hame your daughter, madam,’ he says,
‘She’s neer a bit the war o me;
Except a kiss o her bonny lips,
Of her body I am free;
She came to me on a single horse,
Now I’ll send her hame in chariots three.’
- He’s taen her by the milk-white hand,
And he’s led her to a yard o stane;
He’s changed her name frae Susan Pye,
And calld her lusty Lady Jane.