Three Lovely Ducks


The pond behind our house is wide,
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
Three lovely ducks swim side by side,
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

Three lovely ducks swim side by side,
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
The king's son would a hunting go.
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

The king's son would a hunting go.
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
He sees the ducks swim to and fro.
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

He sees the ducks swim to and fro.
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
He takes his gun all silver bright.
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

He takes his gun all silver bright.
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
He shoots the black and kills the white.
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

He shoots the black and kills the white.
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
How cruel you are, alas, king's son.
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

How cruel you are, alas, king's son.
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
To kill my duck, the brightest one!
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

To kill my duck, the brightest one!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
Two diamonds from his eyelids spill,
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

Two diamonds from his eyelids spill,
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
With gold and silver from his bill.
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

With gold and silver from his bill.
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
The feathers on the wind are borne,
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

The feathers on the wind are borne,
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
Three girls are gath'ring them forlorn,
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

Three girls are gath'ring them forlorn,
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
To make with them soft feather beds,
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

To make with them soft feather beds,
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!
Where they may rest their lovely heads.
O maiden fair!
Lightly dance, O lovely maiden!
Lightly dance, O maiden fair!

A French Canadian canoe song.

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