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. " This ballad has had the misfortune, in common •with many others, of being much mutilated by reciters. I have endeavoured, by the assistance of some fragments, to make it as complete as possible; and have even taken the liberty of altering the arrangement of some of the stanzas of a lately-procured copy, that they might the better cohere with those already printed." Flnlay's Scottish Ballads, ii. 61.
" Will you marry the southland lord, A queen o' fair England to be ?
Or will you mourn for sweet Willie, The morn upon yon lea ? "
" I will marry the southland lord, 6
Father, sen it is your will; But I'd rather it were my burial day,
For my grave I'm going till.
" O go, O go now my bower wife,
0 go now hastilie, ">
0 go now to sweet Willie's bower, And bid him cum speak to me.—
" Now, Willie, gif ye love me weel,
As sae it seems to me, Gar build, gar build a bonny ship, is
Gar build it speedilie !