Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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336 SWEET WILLIE AND FAIR MAISET.
She's ta'en out a Bible braid,
And deeply has she sworn ; " If I ha'e born a bairn," she says,
" Sin' yesterday at morn;
" Or if I've born a bairn," she says,                            105
" Sin' yesterday at noon; There's nae a lady amang you a'
That wou'd been here sae soon."
Then out it spake the bridegroom's man, Mischance come ower his heel!                             no
" Win up, win up, now bride," he says, " And dance a shamefu' reel."
Then out it speaks the bride hersell,
And a sorry heart had she; " Is there nae ane amang you a'                                  rus
Will dance this dance for me?"
Then out it speaks him, sweet Willie,
And he spake aye thro' pride; " O draw my boots for me, bridegroom,
Or I dance for your bride."                                      120
Then out it spake the bride hersell,
" O na, this maunna be ; For I will dance this dance mysell,
Tho' my back shou'd gang in three."
112. The first reel, danced with the bride, her maiden, and two young men, and called the Shame Spring, or Reel, as the bride chooses the tune that is to be played. B.







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