Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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132 SWEET WILLIE AND FAIR ANNIE.
Mr. Chambers, in conformity with the plan of his work, presents us with an edition composed out of Per­cy's and Jamieson's, with some amended readings and additional verses from a manuscript copy, (Scottish Ballads, p. 269.)
Sweet "Willie and fair Annie
Sat a' day on a hill; And though they had sitten seven year,
They ne'er wad had their fill.
Sweet Willie said a word in haste,
And Annie took it ill: " I winna wed a tocherless maid,
Against my parent's will."
" Ye're come o' the rich, Willie,
And I'm come o' the poor ; I'm o'er laigh to be your bride,
And I winna be your whore."
0 Annie she's gane till her bower, And Willie down the den ;
And he's come till his mither's bower, By the lei light o' the moon.
" 0 sleep ye, wake ye, mither ?" he says, " Or are ye the bower within ? "