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40 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
16 SWEET WILLIAM
Sweet William arose on last May morning,
And dressed himself in blue; " Come tell unto me that long, long love
Between Lyddy Margret and you."
"I know no haim of Lyddy Margret, my love,
I'm sure she knows none of me; By eight o'clock tomorrow morning
Lyddy Margret my bride shall see."
Lyddy Margret was sitting in her own bower room
A-combing her yellow hair; She saw Sweet William and his new bride
As they came riding near.
Lyddy Margret threw down her golden comb,
And quickly she bound up her hair; And away she went from her own bower room,
No more to be seen there.
The day being past and night come on
When all men were asleep, Lyddy Margret's ghost came about midnight
And stood at Sweet William's bed feet.
"How do you like your bed?" she said, "How do you like your sheet;