She laid these babes across her lap

 

Verse 1

She laid these babes across her lap -
Jenny, poor gentle Rosemary
She vowed they should never suck milk nor pap
When the dew lies under the mulberry tree

Verse 2

She drew their little dresses apart
Jenny, poor gentle Rosemary
She stabbed those pretty babes to the heart
When the dew lies under the mulberry tree

Verse 3

She bore these pretty babes down to the brook
Jenny, poor gentle Rosemary
And vowed she'd bury them down in the deep
When the dew lies under the mulberry tree

Verse 4

She let the penknife into the brook
Jenny, poor gentle Rosemary
She thought the blood had never forsook
When the dew lies under the mulberry tree

Verse 5

She went to the brook to wash her hands
Jenny, poor gentle Rosemary
The more she washed the more it came on
When the dew lies under the mulberry tree

Verse 6

O babes! O babes! When you were mine
Jenny, poor gentle Rosemary
You were dressed in silks and satins so fine
When the dew lies under the mulberry tree

Verse 7

O mother! O mother! When we were thine
Jenny, poor gentle Rosemary
We never were dressed in silks and satins so fine
When the dew lies under the mulberry tree

Verse 8

O heaven it is a sweet pretty place
Jenny, poor gentle Rosemary
It's where thy body shall never take ease
When the dew lies under the mulberry tree

Verse 9

O hell it is a smoky place
Jenny, poor gentle Rosemary
It's there thy body shall burn in a blaze
When the dew lies under the mulberry tree