Willie's Lyke-Wake [Child 25]

DESCRIPTION: Willie wants to know if his sweetheart loves him. On the advice of his (mother), he feigns death and has his lover come to his wake. She despairs. Coming to the wake, she kisses the "corpse," which comes to life to accept her love
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1827 (Kinloch)
KEYWORDS: love funeral trick
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord))
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Child 25, "Willie's Lyke-Wake" (5 texts)
Bronson 25, "Willie's Lyke-Wake" (4 versions)
GreigDuncan4 843, "Among the Blue Flowers and the Yellow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lyle-Crawfurd1 16, "The Merry Lykewake"; 55, "The Sun Shines Over the Valley" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Leach, pp. 110-111, "Willie's Lyke-Wake" (1 text)
OBB 61, "Willie's Lyke-Wake" (1 text)
Flanders-Ancient1, p. 242, "Willie's Lyke-Wake" (1 fragment, two lines only, the second line of which is found in Child's "C" text of "Willie's Lyke-Wake," but a similar line is found in "The Beggar Wench," and the first line of this fragment, "Kind sir, if you please," may fit better with the latter)
DT 25, WILILYKE*

Roud #30
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Among the Blue Flowers and the Yellow
File: C025

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