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Sweet William's Ghost There came a ghost to Margaret's door With many a grievous groan And aye he twirled at the pin But answer made she none Is that my father, Philip? Or is it my brother, John? Or is it my true love, Willie From Scotland, new come home? Tis not thy father, Philip Nor yet thy brother, John But tis thy true love, Willie From Scotland, new come home Oh, sweet Margret, oh, dear Margret I pray thee speak to me Give me my faith and troth, Margret As I gave it to thee Thy faith and troth thou's never get Nor yet will I thee lend Till that thou come within my bower And kiss my cheek and chin If I should come within thy bower I am no earthly man And should I kiss thy earthly lips Thy days would not be lang Oh, sweet Margret, oh, dear Margret I pray thee speak to me Give me my faith and troth, Margret As I gave it to thee Thy faith and troth thou's never get Nor yet will I thee lend Till you take me to yon kirk And wed me with a ring My bones are buried in yon kirkyard Afar beyond the sea And it is but my spirit, Margret That's now speaking to thee She stretched out her lily white hand And for to do her best Here, there's your faith and troth, Willie God send your soul good rest Now, she has kilted her robes of green A piece below her knee And all the live long winter night The dead corpse followed she Is there any room at your head, Willie Or any room at your feet Or any room at your side, Willie Wherein that I may creep? There's no room at my head, Margret There's no room at my feet There's no room at my side, Margret My coffin's made so neat Then up and crew the red, red cock And up then crew the gray Tis time, tis time, my dear Margret That you were going away No more the ghost to Margret said But with a grievous groan He vanished in a cloud of mist And left her all alone Oh stay, my only true love, stay The constant Margret cried Wan grew her cheeks, she closed her eyes Stretched her soft limbs, and died _____________ Child #77 collected by Child and Percy SOF
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