Alison and Willie [Child 256]

DESCRIPTION: Alison invites Willie to her wedding. He will not come except as the groom. She tells him that if he leaves, she will ignore him forever. He sets out slowly and sadly, sees an omen, and dies for love. A letter arrives, halting the wedding. Alison too dies
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: c, 1818 (GlenbuchatBallads)
KEYWORDS: love wedding separation death
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Child 256, "Alison and Willie" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's [#1]}
Bronson 256, "Alison and Willie" (1 version)
HarrisLyleMcAlpineMcLucas, pp. 22-27, "Swet Willie/My Luve She Lives in Lincolnshire" (2 texts, 1 tune); pp. 205-206, "Alison" (1 text, from Buchan's papers) {Bronson's [#1], with differences}
GlenbuchatBallads, pp. 54-55, "Hynde Chiel" (1 text, substantially different from Child's)
Leach, pp. 625-626, "Alison and Willie" (1 text)

Roud #245
File: C256

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