One I love, two I love, three I love, I say,
Four I love with all my heart and five I cast away,
Oh counting seeds is not the way a body likes to prove,
For the very one I cast away is just the one I love.
Six she loves, seven she loves, oh yes with all my heart,
I promised him that nothing should ever ever make us part,
He’s all the world to me I’m sure, the same to him am I,
The world is full of sunshine I think when he is by.
Eight we both love that is true,
As all the world may know,
I’m proud of him, he’s proud of me,
And often tells me so,
Higho, higho when summer comes,
A secret I will tell, perhaps the birds willsing it out,
They know it now so well.
Nine he comes of that true, for yonder ore the hill,
I see my lover hastening, yes, nearer, nearer, nearer still,
Ten he tarries, no he doesn’t, but faster still he rides,
For knowing what a welcome he’ll soon receive from me.
Eleven he courts, oh, never lover wooed as he could woo,
I had to love him ‘gainst my will in spite of all I do,
My very heart is light as air, tis filled with happiness,
The angels watching up above our future life to place.
Tweleve he tarries, wait awhile till summer comes, you know,
There is alittle cottage where he and I shall go,
The birds will sing their happy songs through out the live long day,
And blest with love ans sunshine, we’ll pass the time away.
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