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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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WILLY'S LADY
XVIII
' Another may I'll marry nane, Another may I'll ne'er bring hame.'
XIX
But sighing says his bonnie.wife, '1 wish this was an end o' my life !
XX
' Yet gae ye unto your mither again, That vile rank witch of vilest kind :
XXI
' And say: My ladie has a girdle, It's a' red gowd unto the middle.
XXII
' And ay at every silver hem Hangs fifty silver bells and ten.
XXIII
' That goodlie gift shall be your ain,
But let her be lighter o' her young bairn.'
XXIV
' O' her young bairn she 's ne'er be lighter, Nor in her bower to shine the brighter :
xxv ' But she shall die and turn to clay, And you shall wed another may.'
XXVI
' Another may I'll never wed nanc, Another may I'll never bring hame.'
XXVII
But sighing says his bonnie wife,
' I wish this was an end o' my life! '
XXVIII
Then out and spake the Billy Blind
He spake aye in a good time;
Billy Blind] a Brownie, or friendly House-spirit. 38
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