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Jolly Beggarman

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It's of a jolly beggarman came tripping o'er the plain
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He came unto a farmer's door, his lodging for to gain
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The farmer's daughter she came down and viewed him cheek and chin
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She says, You are a handsome man, I pray you come on in

And we'll go no more a-roving
A-roving in the night
We'll go no more a-roving when the moon is shining bright
And we'll go no more a-roving

He would not lie within the barn nor yet within the byre
But he would in the corner lie down by the kitchen fire
And then the beggar's bed was made of good clean sheets and hay
And down beside the kitchen fire the jolly beggar lay


The farmer's daughter she got up to bolt the kitchen door
And there she saw the beggar standing naked on the floor
He took the daughter in his arms and to the bed he ran
She says, Kind sir be easy now, you'll waken my old man

Oh no you are no beggar, you are some gentleman
For you have stole my maidenhead and I am quite undone
I am no lord, I am no squire, of beggars I be one
And beggars they be robbers all, and you are quite undone

The farmer's wife came down the stairs awakened from her sleep
She saw the beggar and the girl and she began to weep
She took the bed in both her arms and threw it at the wall, saying
Go you with your beggarman, your maidenhead and all