O it happened one ev'ning at the playing of the ball,|
That first I met Willlie both proper and tall
He was neat fair and handsome and straight in each limb,
There's a heart in this bosom lies breaking for him.
2. "Oh will you go with me a short piece of the road
To see my father's dwelling and place of abode?"
He knew by her look and her languishing eye
That he was the young man she valued most high.
3. "There's a place in my father's garden, lovely Willie,"
"Where lords, dukes and earls they wait upon me,
But when they are sleeping in their long silent rest,
I'll go with you, lovely Willie, you're the boy I love best."
4. Her father being listening in ambush he lay,
To hear those fond words these young lovers did say,
Then with a sharp rapier he pierced her love through,
And the innocent blood of her darling he drew.
5. The grave was made ready, lovely Willie laid in,
The Mass it was chanted to cleanse his soul from sin.
And its "Oh, honoured father you may talk as you will
But the innocent blood of my love you did spill."
6. "And I shall go off to some far country,
Where I shall know no one and no one know me
And there I shall wander till I close my eyes in death
For you, lovely Willie, you're the boy I love best."