Easter day was a holiday Of all the days in the year, And all the little schoolfellows Went out to play But Sir William was not there. Mamma went to the School Wife House And knocked at the ring, Saying, "Little Sir William if you are there, Pray let your mother in." The School Wife open'd the door And said "He is not here today. He is with the little schoolfellows Out on the green Playing some pretty play." Mamma went to the Boyne water That is so wide and deep, saying, Little Sir William if you are there, Oh pity your mother's weep." "How can I pity your weep, mother And I so long in pain? For the little penknife Sticks close to my heart And the School Wife hath me slain. Go home, go home my mother dear, And prepare my winding sheet, For tomorrow morning before eight o'clock, You with my body shall meet. And lay my prayer book at my head, And my grammar at my feet, That all the little schoolfellows as they pass by May read them for my sake."
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