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76         Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
"Lady Margaret and Sweet William." Contributed by Mrs. R. M. Johnson, of Franklin, Indiana. Johnson County. A rather poor text, having two stanzas of "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet" in it, but given here be­cause it is the only variant to mention the "wild swine" of Sweet William's dream. October 31, 1935.
1.      Sweet William he rose one morning in May
And he dressed himself in blue, And he said, "By eight o'clock tomorrow Lady Margaret my bride shall see."
To Lady Margaret's avowed intention of attending the wedding, her father replies:
2.    "We may have friends and we may have foes,
But all I ask at my blessings, O
Is for my daughter to stay at home."
Lady Margaret prepares to attend the wedding:
3.      Lady Margaret dressed in her lily-white robes,
So spotless and so clean; And every city that she passed through, They took her to be some queen.
Following the wedding, Sweet William has a dream by which he is very much disturbed.
"I dreamed that my hall was full of wild swine And my bride dead beside me."
5. He called the maids down the stairs;
He called them by two and by three ; And he asked of his bride the liberty Lady Margaret he might go see.

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