Willow Waly!

A poem by William Schwenck Gilbert

HE.
Prithee, pretty maiden prithee, tell me true
(Hey, but I'm doleful, willow, willow waly!)
Have you e'er a lover a-dangling after you?
Hey, willow waly O!
I fain would discover
If you have a lover?
Hey, willow waly O!

SHE.
Gentle sir, my heart is frolicsome and free
(Hey but he's doleful, willow, willow waly!)
Nobody I care for comes a-courting me
Hey, willow waly O!
Nobody I care for
Comes a-courting therefore,
Hey, willow waly O!

HE.
Prithee, pretty maiden, will you marry me?
(Hey, but I'm hopeful, willow, willow waly!)
I may say, at once, I'm a man of propertee
Hey, willow waly O!
Money, I despise it,
But many people prize it,
Hey, willow waly O!

SHE.
Gentle sir, although to marry I design
(Hey, but I'm hopeful, willow, willow waly!)
As yet I do not know you, and so I must decline.
Hey, willow waly O!
To other maidens go you
As yet I do not know you,
Hey, willow waly O!

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