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Thread #161381   Message #3836105
Posted By: Richie
01-Feb-17 - 10:47 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Died for Love: Sources: PART II
Subject: RE: Origins: Died for Love: Sources: PART II

In Ramsay's "The tea-table miscellany" there's a ballad called Susan's Complaint and Remedy, which begin with the lass bemoaning the loss of her false lover- similar to "Constant lady"- the sentiment is given from stanzas 2:

Why does my love Willy prove false and unkind?
Ah I why does he change like the wavering wind,
From one that is 1oyal in ev'ry degree?
Ah! why does he change to another from me?

However, the first part of the 4th stanza seems to be close to our ballad:

But now he has left me, and Fanny the fair
Employs all his wishes, his thoughts and his care:
He kisses her lip as she sits on his knee,
And says all the sweet things he once said to me: