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78 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
"Lady Margaret." Contributed by Mr. M. L. Lasher, of Chicago, Illi­nois. Learned in Perry County, Indiana. November 16, 1935.
1.     Lady Margaret was standing in her cottage door,
A-combing back her hair, When she saw Sweet Willie with his newly-wedded bride Go taking of the air.
2.     Lady Margaret threw down her ivory comb
And started out of the door; She was gone all day and all that night, And was seen or heard no more.
3.   "Is she in the old kitchen,
Or is she in the hall? Or is she in her dressing-room, Among the ladies all?"
4.   "She is neither in the old kitchen,
Nor is she in the hall; But she lies in her long coffin,
A cold corpse against the wall."
"Fair Margaret and Sweet William." Contributed by Mrs. Mary J. Shriver, of East St. Louis, Illinois. November 30, 1935.
1. Sweet William turned over to his wedded lady, And her in his arms did take;
2. "What dreams, what dreams, what dreadful dreams! What dreams I dreamed last night! I dreamed that the river was of pure wine And white ducks were swimming down."

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