English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 81
William and Nancy
2   When Nancy came to hear it, it filled her with grief, Saying: I'll go to William and give him relief. When William saw Nancy standing by his bedside,
Saying: There is the pretty girl who might have been my bride.
3   She is lawfully married, I'll die for her sake.
She linked her arms round him and felt his heart break. Sweet William died love-sick, I hope he's at rest; And Nancy she fainted and died on his breast.
4  Come all you old and married men, come sit down by me, And you that are bachelors, take warning by me.
When you go a-courting, don't you court slow, Don't court no other till she tells you No.
5   I courted handsome Nancy till a fortune I won, And to see some other straightway I did run. At a chief of my practice, at a doubt of my woe, I lost handsome Nancy by courting too slow.