Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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WILLIE AND LADY MAISRY.
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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