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  • Airly one morning young William arose.
  • It's off to his comrade's bedchamber he goes,
  • Saying, "Comrade, royal comrade, rise and let no one
  • Know
  • For this is a fine morning and bathing we'll go."
  • They both walked along till they came to a long lane.
  • The first one they met was the keeper of game,
  • And he wished them in his heart to return back again,
  • But the fate of Young William was to die in a watery
  • Main.
  • Young William stripped ofF and he swum the lake round,
  • He swum to an island but not in dry ground,
  • Saying, "Comrade, royal comrade, do not venture in
  • For there's deep and false waters in the lakes of
  • Champlain."
  • Airly next morning his sister arose
  • And off to her mother's bedchamber she goes,
  • Saying, "Mother, dearest Mother, I dream'd a true dream
  • That Young William was floating in a watery stream."
  • It was airly next morning his mother came there
  • Wringing her fingers and tearing her hair
  • Saying, "Was there nobody by
  • That would venture their life for my fine darling boy?"
  • Airly next morning his uncle came there.
  • He rowed round the strand like a man in despair.
  • His uncle stripped himself and swum the lake round
  • And he swum to the island where William was found.
  • Saying, "Comrade, royal comrade, do not venture in
  • For there's deep and false waters in the lakes of
  • Champlain."*
  • The day of his funeral, it was a great sight.
  • Four and twenty young men all dressed in white.
  • They took him up to Mary's church and laid him in the
  • Clay
  • Saying, "Farewell, lovely William, forever and a day."
  • God help his poor mother, she's got reason to mourn
  • And likewise his sweetheart for I'm sure she has more,
  • For every other morning he did her salute
  • With pinks and red roses and fine garden fruit.
  • *For these two lines, repeat tune for lines 3 and 4
  • From The New Green Mountain Songster, Flanders et al.
  • Collected from Mrs. E.M. Sullivan, VT
  • Note: Flanders thinks this is a degenerate form of
  • Ballad
  • In which young man is taken by a water witch who
  • Desires him.

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