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SWEET WILLIE AND LADY MAEGERIE.
From Motherwell's Minstrelsy, p. 370.
" This Ballad, which possesses considerable beauty and pathos, is given from the recitation of a lady, now far advanced in years, with whose grandmother it was a deserved favourite. It is now for the first time printed. It bears some resemblance to Clerk Saunders."
Subjoined is a different copy from Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland.
Sweet Willie was a widow's son, And he wore a milk-white weed 0 ;
And weel could Willie read and write, Far better ride on steed 0.
Lady Margerie was the first ladye
That drank to him the wine O ; And aye as the healths gaed round and round,
" Laddy, your love is mine 0."