William Grismond


O come you wilful young men and hear what I shall tell,
My name is William Grismond, at Lainterdine did dwell,
O there I did a murder as it is known full well,
And for my offence I shall die.

There was a neighbour's daughter that lived me hard by;
Whom I had promised marriage and with her I did lie
I did dissemble with her, my lust to satisfy,
And for my offence I shall die.

I had my pleasure on her, I had my lewd desire,
The using of her body was that I did require,
I was o'ercome and snared by him that is a liar
And for my offence I shall die.

She claimed of me marriage and said she was with child,
Saying, Marry me sweet William, now you have me defiled,
If you do now forsake me, I utterly am spoiled,
And for my offence I shall die.

In flattering sort I brought her into the field of broom,
And when we both together into the field were come
I had my pleasure with her, and then I was her doom,
And for my offence I shall die.

Then in the broom I killed her with my accursed knife,
There hatefully I killed her, who loved me as her life,
I cut her throat, I killed her who should have been my wife,
And for my offence I shall die.

Midi sequenced by Terry Stephens
Used with permission

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