Bailiff's daughter of Islington


Verse 1

'Twas of a youth, and a well loved youth,
'Twas of a squire's son,
Who courted a bailiff's daughter dear,
And she lived at Islington.

Verse 2

When his parents came for to know
Of his false and foolish mind,
They sent him up to London town,
Seven years to be confined.

Verse 3

When he had served seven long years,
And his lover he never had seen,
But many a tear had he shed for her
When little she thought of him.

Verse 4

I'll pull off my old attire,
Put on my rich attire,
I'll go down to Islington town,
After my true love to inquire.

Verse 5
As he was a-riding along the dusty road,
He met a pretty fair maid;
She stepped up to him, and she said - "Kind sir,
Can you ease me of one pain?"

Verse 6

"Oh, yes, my pretty fair maid." said he,
"Can you tell me where you were born;
And if you know the bailiff's daughter dear
That was courted by a squire if Islington?"

Verse 7

"Oh yes, kind sir," she then did say;
"I knew her long, I know,
But I must tell you, very kind sir,
She has been dead long ago."

Verse 8

"Then I'll pull off my rich attire,
My bridle and my gold also,
And I'll go to some foreign country
Where no one does me know."

Verse 9

"Oh stop! Oh stop! You well loved lord,
She is not dead but alive;
She stands just by your horse's side
Ready to be your bride."

Verse 10

He kissed her and embraced her,
He kissed her o'er and o'er;
To think he should meet with his own true love
Which he thought he would see no more.

Verse 11

The very next town that they came to
He gave her a gold ring;
The very next town that they came to
He gave her a grand wedding.

Verse 12

All you young maids take a warning by me,
And never your love despise,
For if he's gone away he will soon return,
And will make you his lawful bride.