A True Lover Of Mine


Pray, can you buy me an acre or more.
Savory, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Between wide ocean and the sea shore,
And then can you be a true lover of mine,

Pray, can you plough it with one ram's horn,
Savory, sage, rosemary and thyme,
And sow it all over with one pepper corn?
And then can you be a true lover of mine,

Pray, can you reap it with a sickle of leather
Savory, sage, rosemary and thyme,
And tie it all up with one peacock's feather?
And then can you be a true lover of mine,

Now, you have asked me of these questions three.
Savory, sage, rosemary and thyme,
It is my turn to ask three of thee
And then can you be a true lover of mine,

Pray, can you make me a fine cambric shirt
Savory, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Without any seam and all needle work?
And then can you be a true lover of mine,

Pray, in yon brook, can you wash it and wade
Savory, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Where water n'er flowed since earth it was made?
And then can you be a true lover of mine,

Pray, can you dry it on yonder sweet thorn
Savory, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Where blossom n'er bloomed since Adam was born?
And then can you be a true lover of mine,

Collected at Hazelton, BC in 1920.

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