William and Margaret

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A ballad by Mallet, published 1724 in A. Hill's Plain Dealer; in Percy's Reliques it appears as ‘Margaret's Ghost’. Margaret's ‘grimly ghost’ visits her faithless lover William and summons him to her grave; he lays his cheek upon her grave ‘and word spake never more’.

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