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Willie o Winesberry

No: 100; variant: 100D

  1. THERE was a lady fine and gay, She was so neat and trim; She went unto her own garden-wall, To see her own ships come in.
  2. And there she spied her daughter Jane, Who lookd so pale and wan: ‘What, have you had some long sickness, Or lain with some young man?’
  3. ‘No, I have had no long sickness, Nor lain with no young man:’ Her petticoats they were so short, She was full nine months gone.
  4. ‘Oh is it by some nobleman? Or by some man of fame? Or is it by Johnny Barbary, That’s lately come from Spain?’
  5. ‘No, it is by no nobleman, Nor by no man of fame; But it is by Johnny Barbary, That’s lately come from Spain.’
  6. Then she calld down her merry men, By one, by two, by three; Johnny Barbary used to be the first, But now the last came he.
  7. ‘Oh will you take my daughter Jane, And wed her out of hand? And you shall dine and sup with me, And be heir of my land.’
  8. ‘Yes, I will take your daughter Jane, And wed her out of hand; And I will dine and sup with you, But I do not want your land.’
  9. Then she calld down her merry men, With a shrill and a pleasant voice: ‘Come, let us all now mery be, Since she has made such a happy choice.’