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THE RIDDLING KNIGHT, by            
First Line: There were three sisters fair and bright
Last Line: As the dew flies over the mulberry tree
Variant Title(s): The Three Sisters
Subject(s): Sisters


THERE were three sisters fair and bright
Jennifer, Gentle, and Rosemaree,
And they three loved one valiant knight,
As the dew flies over the mulberry tree.

The eldest sister let him in,
Jennifer, Gentle, and Rosemaree,
And barred the door with a silver pin,
As the dew flies over the mulberry tree.

The second sister made his bed,
Jennifer, Gentle, and Rosemaree,
And placed soft pillows under his head
As the dew flies over the mulberry tree.

The youngest sister fair and bright,
Jennifer, Gentle, and Rosemaree,
Was resolved for to wed with this valiant knight,
As the dew flies over the mulberry tree.

'And if you can answer questions three,'
Jennifer, Gentle, and Rosemaree.
'O then, fair maid, I will marry thee.'
As the dew flies over the mulberry tree.

'What is louder than a horn?'
Jennifer, Gentle, and Rosemaree.
'And what is sharper than a thorn?'
As the dew flies over the mulberry tree.

'Thunder is louder than a horn.'
Jennifer, Gentle, and Rosemaree.
'And hunger is sharper than a thorn.'
As the dew flies over the mulberry tree.

'What is broader than the way?'
Jennifer, Gentle, and Rosemaree,
'And what is deeper than the sea?'
As the dew flies over the mulberry tree.

'Love is broader than the way.'
Jennifer, Gentle, and Rosemaree,
'And Hell is deeper than the sea.'
As the dew flies over the mulberry tree.

'Right well hast thou answered my questions three.'
Jennifer, Gentle, and Rosemaree,
'And now, fair maid, I will marry thee.'
As the dew flies over the mulberry tree.





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