'Twas in the merry month of May
When green bugs were a-swellin'
Sweet William on his death bed lay
For the love of Barbriallen
He sent his servant to the town
The place where she'd been dwellin'
Sayin' master dear has sent me here
If your name be Barbriallen
And slowly, slowly she got up
And slowly she went to him
And all she said when she got there
Young man I think you're dyin'
Oh, don't you remember the other day
When we where in the tavern
You drank your health to the ladies there
And you slighted Barbriallen
He turned his face unto the wall
He turned his back upon her
Adieu, adieu to all my friends
Be kind to Barbriallen
She looked to the east, she looked to the west
She saw his corpse a-comin'
Oh, "Put him down for me," she cried
"That I may gaze upon him."
The more she looked, the more she grieved
She bursted it out in cryin'
Oh, pick me up and carry me home
For I feel like I am dyin'
They buried sweet Willy in the old church yard
And Barbara in the new one
From Willy's grave there grew a rose
From Barbara's a green briar
They grew and they grew on the old church wall
And could not grow no higher
And there they tied in a true love's knot
The rose bush and the briar