Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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" Deal on, deal on, my merry men all, Deal on your cake and your wine :
For whatever is dealt at her funeral to-day, Shall be dealt to-morrow at mine."
Fair Margaret dyed to-day, to-day,                      «s
Sweet William dyed the morrow :
Fair Margaret dyed for pure true love, Sweet William dyed for sorrow.
Margaret wa3 buryed in the lower chancel, And William in the higher:                               ro
Out of her brest there sprang a rose, And out of his a briar.
■ They grew till they grew unto the church top,
And then they could grow no higher ; And there they tyed in a true lovers knot, re Which made all the people admire.
Then came the clerk of the parish,
As you the truth shall hear, And by misfortune cut them down,
Or they had now been there.                               a>
62. Alluding to the dole anciently given at funerals. P.

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