The Three Ravens

The Three Ravens was first printed by Thomas Ravenscroft in 1611, but the song is thought to be much older. It survives to this day in several versions, particularly in Scotland. I sang ‘lack’ rather than lake in verse 4 for the sake of the rhyme. Leman in the final verse means sweetheart or truelove.

Edward Frederick Brewtnall painted The Three Ravens in 1885.

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