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SWEET WILLIAM. See p. 29.
" Given from the chanting of an old woman. It has never been before printed." Motherwell's Minstrelsy, p. 307.
Other versions may be seen in that careless publication of the Percy Society, Scottish Traditional Versions of Ancient Ballads, vol. xvii. p. 57, Lord William, and in Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, ii. 57, Lord Lundy.
Sweet William's gane over seas,
Some unco lair to learn, And our gude Bailie's ae dochter
Is awa to learn the same.
In ae braid buik they learned baith, «
In ae braid bed they lay; But when her father cam to know,
He gart her come away.
" It's you must marry that Southland lord,
His lady for to be; io
It's ye maun marry that Southland lord, Or nocht ye'U get frae me."