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Willie and Lady Maisry

No: 70; variant: 70A

  1. WILLIE was a widow’s son, And he wore a milk-white weed, O And weel could Willie read and write, Far better ride on steed. O
  2. Lady Margerie was the first lady That drank to him the wine, And aye as the healths gade round and round, ‘Laddy, your love is mine.’
  3. Lady Margerie was the first ladye That drank to him the beer, And aye as the healths gade round and round, ‘Laddy, you’re welcome here.’
  4. ‘You must come into my bower When the evening bells do ring, And you must come into my bower When the evening mass doth sing.’
  5. He’s taen four and twenty braid arrows, And laced them in a whang, And he’s awa to Lady Margerie’s bower, As fast as he can gang.
  6. He set ae foot on the wall, And the other on a stane, And he’s killed a’ the king’s life-guards, And he’s killed them every man.
  7. ‘Oh open, open, Lady Margerie, Open and let me in; The weet weets a’ my yellow hair, And the dew draps on my chin.’
  8. With her feet as white as sleet She strode her bower within, And with her fingers long and small She’s looten Sweet Willie in.
  9. She’s louten down unto her foot To loose Sweet Willie’s shoon; The buckles were sa stiff they wudna lowse, The blood had frozen in.
  10. ‘O Willie, Willie, I fear that thou Has bred me dule and sorrow; The deed that thou has dune this nicht Will kythe upon the morrow.’
  11. In then came her father dear, And a broad sword by his gare, And he’s gien Willie, the widow’s son, A deep wound and a sair.
  12. ‘Lye yont, lye yont, Willie,’ she says, ‘Your sweat weets a’ my side; Lye yont, lie yont, Willie,’ she says, ‘For your sweat I downa bide.’
  13. She turned her back unto the wa, Her face unto the room, And there she saw her auld father, Walking up and down.
  14. ‘Woe be to you, father,’ she said, ‘And an ill deed may you die! For ye’ve killd Willie, the widow’s son And he would have married me.’
  15. She turned her back unto the room, Her face unto the wa, And with a deep and heavy sich Her heart it brak in twa.