Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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When day was gone, and night was come,
And all men fast asleep, Then came the spirit of fair Marg'ret,
And stood at Williams feet.                             20
" Are you awake, sweet William ? " shee said, " Or, sweet William, are you asleep ?
God give you joy of your gay bride-bed, And me of my winding-sheet."
When day was come, and night 'twas gone, »
And all men wak'd from sleep, Sweet William to his lady sayd,
" My dear, I have cause to weep.
" I dreamt a dream, my dear ladye,
Such dreames are never good:                        30
I dreamt my bower was full of red swine, And my bride-bed full of blood."
" Such dreams, such dreams, my honoured sir,
They never do prove good ; To dream thy bower was full of red swine, 85
And thy bride-bed full of blood."
21-24. God give you joy, you lovers true, In bride-bed fast asleep; Lo! I am going to my green-grass grave, And I'm in my winding sheet. Hebd's copy.