"Sweet William's Ghost"

Vernon Hill

Ballads Weird and Wonderful (1912)

 

 

 

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Sweet William's Ghost

 

   

Lady Marjorie, Lady Marjorie,

Sat sewing her silken seam;

By her came a pale, pale ghost,

With many a sigh and moan.

 

"Are ye my father, the King?" she says,

"Or are ye my brother John?

Or are you my true-love, Sweet William,

From England newly come?"

 

"I'm not your father, the King," he says,

"No, no, nor your brother John;

But I am your true-love, Sweet William,

From England newly come."

 

"Have ye brought me any scarlets sae red?

Or any silks sae fine?

Or have ye brought me any precious things,

That merchants have for sale?"

 

"I have not brought you any scarlets sae red

No, no, nor the silks sae fine;

But I have brought you my winding'sheet,

O'er many a rock and hill.

 

"O Lady Marjorie, Lady Marjorie,

For faith and charitie,

Will you give to me my faith and troth,

That I gave once to thee?"

"O your faith and troth I'll not give thee,

No, no, that will not I,

Until I get ae kiss of your ruby lips,

And in my arms you lie."

 

"My lips they are sae bitter," he says,

"My breath it is sae strang,

If you get ae kiss of my ruby lips,

Your days will not be lang.

 

"The cock are crowing, Marjorie," he says,

"The cocks they are crowing again;

It's time the dead should part frae the quick,

Marjorie, I must be gane."

 

She follow'd him high, she follow'd him low,

Till she came to yon church-yard;

O there the grave did open up,

And young William he lay down.

 

"What three things are these, Sweet William," she says,

"That stand here at your head?"

"It is three maidens, Marjorie," he says,

"That I promis'd once to wed."

 

"What three things are these, Sweet William," she says,

"That stand here at your side?"

"It is three babes, Marjorie," he says,

"That these three maidens had."

""What three things are these, Sweet William," she says,

"That stand here at your feet?"

"It is three hell-hound, Marjorie," he says,

"That are waiting my soul to keep."

 

She's ta'en up her white, white hand,

And she struck him in the breast,

Saying, "Have there again your faith and troth,

And I wish your soul good rest."