Young Lady at Scarborough Fair

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
What do you get when you mix the Renaissance, Pooh and a nursery rhyme? I don't know, either, but here it is.

Submitted: December 29, 2009

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Submitted: December 29, 2009

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There was a young lady at Scarborough Fair.
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She got there by riding her bespeckled mare.
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So the young lass took a turn, then took two.
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So much to see and so much to do!
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Many a merchant was selling his stuff.
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She looked in her purse, but she hadn’t enough.
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Along came a knave with a gleam in his eye.
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(It seemed he’d been smacked in the face with a pie.)
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He said, “Oh, sweet maiden, don’t worry your head.”
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“Come, take my hand, and be merry, instead.”
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So the young lady took hold of his hand.
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A gleam in her own eye, you must understand.
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They came to a carousel, pretty and gay.
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(The word didn’t mean the same thing in that day!)
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They rode side by side.  She went up, he went down.
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Until his boot buckle got caught on her gown.
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And what happened next to the knave and the miss?
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I really can’t tell you, because I’m so sick of this
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Oodley doodley dum!


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