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Literature: Willie's Lady
Of her young bairn she'll neer be lighter,
Nor in her bower to shine the brighter.
But she shall die and turn to clay,
And you shall wed another may.

Willie's Lady is Child Ballad #6.

Willie has married, but his mother, a rank witch, hates his bride and has cursed her to die in childbirth. He tries to bribe her, and she refuses. At the advice of Belly Blind, a household sprite, he tricks her into thinking that the baby has been born. She falls in to a rage and demands to know who undid all the things she did to prevent it. Willie undoes them all, and the baby is born.

Full text here. The ballad is usually played to the same melody as the traditional Breton tune "Son ar Chistr" ("Cider Song").


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