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The Sisters

         
      We were two daughters of one race;
      She was the fairest in the face.
           The wind is blowing in turret and tree.
      They were together, and she fell;
      Therefore revenge became me well.
           O, the earl was fair to see!

      She died; she went to burning flame;
      She mix’d her ancient blood with shame.
           The wind is howling in turret and tree.
      Whole weeks and months, and early and late,
      To win his love I lay in wait.
           O, the earl was fair to see!

      I made a feast; I bade him come;
      I won his love, I brought him home.
           The wind is roaring in turret and tree.
      And after supper, on a bed,
      Upon my lap he laid his head.
           O, the earl was fair to see!

      I kiss’d his eyelids into rest,
      His ruddy cheek upon my breast.
           The wind is raging in turret and tree.
      I hated him with the hate of hell,
      But I loved his beauty passing well.
           O, the earl was fair to see!

      I rose up in the silent night;
      I made my dagger sharp and bright.
           The wind is raving in turret and tree.
      As half-asleep his breath he drew,
      Three times I stabb’d him thro’ and thro’.
           O, the earl was fair to see!

      I curl’d and comb’d his comely head,
      He look’d so grand when he was dead.
           The wind is blowing in turret and tree.
      I wrapt his body in the sheet,
      And laid him at his mother’s feet.
           O, the earl was fair to see!
       


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