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Traditional
  1. A holiday, a holiday, and the first one of the year
    Lord Arnold's wife to the church did go, the Gospel for to hear
    The Gospel for to hear.
  2. And when the meeting it was done, she cast her eyes about
    And there she spied little Matty Groves, walking in the crowd
    Walking in the crowd
  3. "Come home with me little Matty Groves, come home with me tonight
    Come home with me little Matty Groves, and sleep with me till light
    And sleep with me till light."
  4. "Oh I can't come home and I won't come home, to sleep with you tonight
    By the rings on your fingers I can tell, you are Lord Arnold's wife
    You are Lord Arnold's wife."
  5. "What if I am Lord Arnold's wife, he is not at home
    He's away in the far cornfields, he's bringing the yearlings home
    He's bringing the yearlings home."
  6. A servant who was standing by, hearing what was said
    Swore Lord Arnold he would know before the sun had set
    before the sun had set.
  7. And in his hurry to carry the news, he bent his breast and ran
    And when he came to the broad mill stream, he took off his shoes and swam
    he took off his shoes and swam.
  8. Little Matty Groves, he lay down and took a little sleep
    And when he woke Lord Donald was standing at his feet
    was standing at his feet.
  9. Saying "How do you like my feather bed, and how do you like my sheets
    And how do you like my lady gay who lies in your arms asleep
    Lies in your arms asleep?"
  10. "Oh it's well I like your feather bed, better I like your sheets
    Best of all I like your lady who lies in my arms asleep
    lies in my arms asleep."
  11. "Get up, get up," Lord Arnold cried, "get up as quick as you can
    For they'll never say in England that I killed a sleeping man
    that I killed a sleeping man."
  12. "Oh I can't get up, I won't get up, I wouldn't get up for my life
    For you have two long beaten swords, and I not a pocket knife
    and I not a pocket knife."
  13. "It's true I have two beaten swords, and they cost me deep in my purse
    But you shall have the better of them, and I will use the worse
    and I will use the worse.
  14. "And you shall strike me the very first blow, strike it like a man!
    For I will strike the very nex blow, I'll kill you if I can
    I'll kill you if I can."
  15. So Matty struck the very first blow, and he hurt Lord Arnold sore
    Lord Arnold struck the very next blow, and Matty struck no more
    and Matty struck no more.
  16. And then Lord Arnold he took his wife, and set her on his knee
    Saying "Who do you like the best of us now, your dead Matty Groves or me
    your dead Matty Groves or me?"
  17. And then up spoke his own dear wife, never heard to speak so free
    "I had rather a kiss from dead Matty's lips than you and your finery
    than you and your finery."
  18. At that Lord Arnold he did jump up and loudly did he bawl
    He struck his wife right through the heart and pinned her against the wall
    and pinned her against the wall.
  19. "A grave, a grave," Lord Arnold cried, "to put these lovers in
    But bury my lady at the top, for she was of noble kin
    for she was of noble kin."