Willie and Lady Maisry

Willie and Lady Maisry

Willie and Lady Maisry

is Child ballad number 70.[1]

Synopsis

Willie kills the watch on Lady Maisry's father's hall to get to her chamber. After the night, her father kills him. Lady Maisry taxes him with it. He may tell her that Willie killed the guard, but she retorts that they were in armor but Willie was not.

Variants

This ballad has much in common with Clerk Saunders, with some influence from The Bent Sae Brown.[2]

References

  1. ^ Francis James Child, English and Scottish Popular Ballads, "Willie and Lady Maisry"
  2. ^ Francis James Child, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, v 2, p 167, Dover Publications, New York 1965