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           Willie's Lyke-Wake
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'"VVVILLIE, Willie, what makes you sae sad ? ' W And the sun shines over the valleys and a'
'1 lie sairly sick for the love of a maid.'
Amang the blue jiowers and the yellow and a'.
II
' O Willie, my son, I'll learn you a wile,
How this pretty fair maid ye may beguile.
in ' Ye maun lie doun just as ye were dead, And tak' your windin'-sheet round your head.
IV
'Ye maun gie the bellman his bell-groat, To ring your dead-bell at your lover's yett.'
v
Willie lay doun just as he war dead,
And took his windin'-sheet round his head
VI
He gied the bellman his bell-groat
To ring his dead-bell at his lover's yett.
VII
' O wha is this that is dead, I hear ?' ' O wha but Willie that lo'ed ye sae dear ?'
VIII
She is hame to her father's ain bour:
' I'll gang to yon lyke-wake ae single hour.5
IX
' Ye maun tak' with you your brither John ; It's not meet for maidens to venture alone.'
yett] gate.            lyke-wake] corpse-watching.
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