A Book of Nursery Songs and Rhymes/Nursery Songs/LXXII. THE GOLDEN BALL

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A Book of Nursery Songs and Rhymes by Sabine Baring-Gould
Nursery Songs/LXXII. THE GOLDEN BALL

'Stop, stop, I think I see my mother coming!
O mother, hast thou brought my golden ball,
And come to set me free?'
'I've never brought thy golden ball,
Nor come to set thee free.
But I have come to see thee hung
Upon this gallows tree.'
'Stop, stop, I think I see my father coming!
O father, hast thou brought?' etc.
'I've neither brought,' etc.
'Stop, stop, I think I see my brother coming!
O brother, hast thou brought?' etc.
'Stop, stop, I think I see my sister coming!
O sister, hast thou brought?' etc.
'Stop, stop, I think I see my uncle coming!
O uncle,' etc.
'Stop, stop, I think I see my aunt coming!
O aunt,' etc.
'Stop, stop, I think I see my cousin coming!
O cousin,' etc.
'Stop, stop! I see my sweetheart coming!
Sweetheart, hast thou brought my golden ball,
And come to set me free?'
'Ay, I have brought thy golden ball,
And come to set thee free.
I am not come to see thee hung
Upon this gallows tree.'