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THE OLD MAIDS OF LEE

 

old Maids Cottage Lee

Old Maid's Cottage at Lee near ilfracombe

When Robert Smith became the owner of the valley in which this house stands, in the 1870s  he had the original cottage rebuilt.

From our postcard collection

 

A BIRD IN HAND

by Frederick Weatherly

There were three young maids of Lee,

They were fair as fair can be,

And they had lovers three time three,

For they were fair as fair can  be

These three young maids of Lee.

But these young maids  they cannot find

A lover each to suit her mind;

The plain-spoke lad is far too rough,

The rich young lord not rich enough,

And one is too poor  and one too tall,

And one just an inch too short for them all.

"Others pick and choose , and why not we?

We can very well wait!" said the maids of Lee.

There were three young maids of Lee,

And they had lovers, three time three,

For they were fair as fair can be,

These three young maids of Lee.

There are three old maids at Lee,
They are old as old can be,

And one is deaf and one cannot see,

And they all are cross as a gallows tree,

These three old maids of Lee.

Now if anyone chanced, 'tis a chance remote,

One single charm in these maids to note

He need not a poet, nor handsome be,

For one is deaf, and one cannot see

He need not woo on his bended knee

For they all are willing as willing can be

He may take the one, or the two, or the three

If he'll only take them away from Lee!

There are three old maids at Lee

They are cross as cross can be,

And there they are, and there they'll be,

To the end of the chapter, one two three,

These three old maids at Lee!

 

 
 
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