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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
THE WIFE WRAPPED IN A WETHER'S SKIN
Sweet William married him a wife,
Jennifer June and the Rosemaree To be the sweet comfort of his life.
As the dew flies over the green vallee.
It's she couldn't into the kitchen go, For fear of soiling her white-heeled shoes.
It's she couldn't wash and she wouldn't bake, For fear of soiling her white apron-tape.
It's she couldn't card and she wouldn't spin, For fear of spoiling her delicate skin.
Sweet William came whistling in from the plow; Says, "O my dear wife, is my dinner ready now?"
She called him a dirty paltry whelp:
"If you want any dinner, go get it yourself."
Sweet William went out unto the sheepfold, And out a fat wether he did pull.
Upon his knees he did kneel down, And soon from it did strip the skin.