Child has 2 (A-B) versions of Lady Alice [ A | B ] Version A Name: Lady Alice Note: a. Bell's Ancient Poems, Ballads, and Songs of the Peasantry of England, p. 127. b. Notes and Queries, Second Series, 1, 418. c. Notes and Queries, Second Series, I, 354. 1 LADY ALICE was sitting in her bower-window, Mending her midnight quoif, And there she saw as fine a corpse As ever she saw in her life. 2 'What bear ye, what bear ye, ye six men tall? What hear ye on your shoulders?' 'We bear the corpse of Giles Collins, An old and true lover of yours.' 3 '0 lay him down gently, ye six men tall, All on the grass so green, And tomorrow, when the sun goes down, Lady Alice a corpse shall be seen. 4 'And bury me in Saint Mary's church, All for my love so true, And make me a garland of marjoram, And of lemon-thyme, and rue.' 5 Giles Collins was buried all in the east, Lady Alice all in the west, And the roses that grew on Giles Collins's grave, They reached Lady Alice's breast. 6 The priest of the parish he chanced to pass, And he severed those roses in twain; Sure never were seen such true lovers before, Nor eer will there be again. Version B Name: Giles Collins and Proud Lady Anna Note: Gammer Gurton's Garland, p. 38, ed. 1810. 1 GILES COLLINS he said to his old mother, Mother, come bind up my head, And send to the parson of our parish, For tomorrow I shall be dead. dead, For tomorrow I shall be dead. 2 His mother she made him some water-gruel, And stirrd it round with a spoon; Giles Collins he ate np his water-gruel, And died before 't was noon. 3 Lady Anna was sitting at her window, Mending her night-robe and coif; She saw the very prettiest corpse She'd seen in all her life. 4 'What bear ye there, ye six strong men, Upon your shoulders so high?' 'We bear the body of Giles Collins, Who for love of you did die.' 5 'Set him down, set him down,' Lady Anna she cry'd, 'On the grass that grows so green; Tomorrow, before the clock strikes ten, My body shall lye by hisn.' 6 Lady Anna was buried in the east, Giles Collins was buried in the west; There grew a lilly from Giles Collins That touchd Lady Anna's breast. 7 There blew a cold north-easterly wind, And cut this lilly in twain, Which never there was seen before, And it never will again.