Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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SWEET WILLIE AND PAIR MAISRT. 333
" I winna gang to the cards," she said,
" Nor will I gae wi' thee, Nor will I hae a bower woman,
To spoil my modestie.                                            ao
" Ye'll gie me a lady at my back,
An' a lady me beforn; An' a midwife at my twa sides
Till your young son be born.
" Ye'll do me up, and further up,                            sa
To the top o' yon greenwood tree; For every pain myself shall ha'e,
The same pain ye maun drie."
The first pain that did strike sweet Willie, It was into the side;                                                           so
Then sighing sair said sweet Willie, " These pains are ill to bide."
The nextan pain that strake sweet Willie,
It was into the back; Then sighing sair said sweet Willie,                                85
" These pains are women's wreck."
The nextan pain that strake sweet Willie,
It was into the head; Then sighing sair said sweet Willie,
" I fear my lady's dead."                                      to
Then he's gane on, and further on,
At the foot o' yon greenwood tree; There he got his lady lighter,
Wi' his young son on her knee.







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