Master Kilby
Language: English 
In the heat of the day
When the sun shines so freely,
There I met Master Kilby,
So fine and so gay.

Then I pull'd off my hat
And I bowed to the ground
And I said: "Master Kilby,
Pray where are you bound?"

"I am bound for the West,
There in hopes to find rest,
And in Nancy's soft bosom
I will build a new nest.

"And if I were the master
Of ten thousand pounds
All in gay gold and silver
Or in King William's crowns.

"I would part with it all
With my own heart so freely,
But it's all for the sake
Of my charming Nancy.

"She's the fairest of girls,
She's the choice of my own heart,
She is painted like waxwork
In every part".


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Researcher for this text: Ted Perry