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Woe's me / The wood's not hewn from the tree | 27-Jun-12

Woe's me
The wood's not hewn from the tree
That's to cradle the babe
That's to sire the man
Who can lay me 
 
says the ghost in the old ballad

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This is the "Song of the Cauld Lad of Hylton" and can be found in, among other places, The School Bag anthology edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes. This version is:-

Wae's me, wae's me,
The acorn is not yet
Fallen from the tree
That's to grow the wood
That's to make the cradle
That's to rock the bairn
That's to grow to a man
That's to lay me.
Anne Bingley


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