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WILLY'S LADY
XXIX
' Ye doe ye to the market-place, And there buy ye a loaf o' wax;
xxx ' Ye shape it bairn and bairnly like, And in twa glasses e'en ye'll pit.
XXXI
' And do ye to your mither then,
And bid her come to your boy's christ'nen,
XXXII
' For dear's the boy he's been to you: Then notice weel what she shall do:
XXXIII
' And do you stand a little away, And listen weel what she shall say.'
XXXIV
He did him to the market-place, And there he bought a loaf o' wax.
xxxv
He shaped it bairn and bairnly-like, And in 't twa glasses e'en he pat.
XXXVI
He did him till his mither then, And bade her to his boy's christ'nen.
XXXVII
And he did stand a little forbye, And noticed well what she did say'
XXXVIII
' O wha has loosed the nine witch-knots That was among that ladie's locks ? .
pit] put.          pat] did put.          forbye] aside.
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