Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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134 SWEET WILLIE AND FAIB ANNIE.
" But, alas, alas !" says sweet Willie,
" 0 fair is Annie's face!" " But what's the matter, my son Willie,
She has nae ither grace."
" Alas, alas !" says sweet Willie,                   «
" But white is Annie's hand!" " But what's the matter, my son Willie,
She hasna a fur o' land."
" Sheep will die in cots, mither,
And owsen die in byre ;                              so
And what's this warld's wealth to me,
An I get na my heart's desire ?
" Whare will I get a bonny boy, That wad fain win hose and shoon,
That will rin to fair Annie's bower,              ss
Wi' the lei light o' the moon ?
" Te'll tell her to come to Willie's weddin',
The morn at twal at noon; Te'll tell her to come to Willie's weddin',
The heir o' Duplin town.                           m
60. Duplin town. Dnplin is the seat of the earl of Kinnoul, from which he derives his title of viscount. It is in the neighborhood of Perth. It is observable, that ballads are very frequently adapted to the meridian of the place where they are found. J.







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