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The little serving maid

Language: English

There was a Queen of England, 
And a good Queen too. 
She had a house in Powis Land 
With the Severn running through; 

And Men-folk and Women-folk 
Apprenticed to a trade; 
But the prettiest of all 
Was a Little Serving Maid. 

"Oh Madam, Queen of England! 
Oh will you let me go ! 
For there's a Lad in London 
And he would have it so. 

And I would have it too, Madam, 
And with him would I bide; 
And he will be the Groom, Madam, 
And I shall be the Bride!" 
"Oh fie to you and shame to you, 
You Little Serving Maid! 
And are you not astonied? 
And are you not afraid? 

For never was it known 
Since Yngelonde began 
That a Little Serving Maid 
Should go a-meeting of a man!" 

Then the Little Serving Maid 
She went and laid her down, 
With her cross and her bede, 
In her new courting gown. 

And she called in Mother Mary's name 
And heavily she sighed : 
"I think that I have come to shame!" 
And after that she died. 

The good Queen of England 
Her women came and ran:
"The Little Serving Maid is dead 
From loving of a man!" 

Said the good Queen of England 
"That is ill news to hear ! 
Take her out and shroud her, 
And lay her on a bier." 

They laid her on a bier, 
In the court-yard all; 
Some came from Foresting, 
And some came from Hall. 

And Great Lords carried her, 
And proud Priests prayed. 
And that was the end 
Of the Little Serving Maid. 

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2009-01-17 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:04
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