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WILLY'S LADY
VIII
i Of her young bairn she'll ne'er be lighter, Nor in her bower to shine the brighter:
IX
' But she shall die and turn to clay, And you shall wed another may.'
x
' Another may I'll marry nane, Another may I'll ne'er bring hame.'
XI
But sighing says his bonnie wife, ' I wish this was an end o' my life !
XII
' Yet gae ye unto your mither again, That vile rank witch of vilest kind.
XIII
' And say: My ladie has a steed,
The like o' him 's no in the lands of Leed.
XIV
' For at ilka tett o' that horse's mane There's a golden chess and a bell ringfng.
xv
' This goodlie gift shall be your aln,
And let her be lighter o' her young bairn.'
XVI
' O' her young bairn she'll ne'er be lighter, Nor in her bower to shine the brighter;
XVII
' But she shall die and turn to clay, And ye shall wed another may.'
tett] tuft.           chess] ?jess, strap.
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