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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
XXXIX
' And wha has ta'en out the kaims o' care That hangs among that ladie's hair ?
XL
' And wha's ta'en down the bush o' woodbine That hangs atween her bower and mine ?
XLI
' And wha has kill'd the master kid That ran aneath that ladie's bed ?
XLII
' And wha has loosed her left-foot shee And letten that ladie lighter be ?'
XLIII
Syne Willy has loosed the nine witch-knots That was among his ladie's locks:
XLIV
And Willy's ta'en out the kaims o' care That hang among his ladie's hair:
XLV
And Willy's ta'en down the bush o' woodbine That hang atween her bower and thine:
XL VI
And Willy has kill'd the master kid That ran aneath his ladie's bed:
XLVII
And Willy has loosed her left-foot shee. And letten his ladie lighter be.
XLVIII
And now he 's gotten a bonny young son. And mickle grace be him upon!
kaims] combs.          shee] shoe.
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