Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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From Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, i. 155.
The Bent sae Brown, in the same volume, p. 30, resembles both Clerk Saunders and the present ballad, but has a different catastrophe.
Sweet "Willie was a widow's son, And milk-white was his weed ;
It sets him weel to bridle a horse, And better to saddle a steed, my dear, And better to saddle a steed.                      *
But he is on to Maisry's bower door, And tirled at the pin ;
" Ye sleep ye, wake ye, Lady Maisry, Ye'll open, let me come in, my dear, Ye'll open, let me come in."                       10
" O who is this at my bower door, Sae well that knows my name ? "
" It is your ain true love, Willie, If ye love me, lat me in, my dear, If ye love me, lat me in."                           m

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