“Willie's Lyke-Wake”


Willie wants to know if his sweetheart loves him. On the advice of his (mother), he feigns death and has his lover come to his wake. She despairs. Coming to the wake, she kisses the "corpse," which comes to life to accept her love


  1. Child 25, "Willie's Lyke-Wake" (5 texts)
  2. Bronson 25, "Willie's Lyke-Wake" (4 versions)
  3. Leach, pp. 110-111, "Willie's Lyke-Wake" (1 text)
  4. OBB 61, "Willie's Lyke-Wake" (1 text)
  5. Flanders-Ancient1, p. 242, "Willie's Lyke-Wake" (1 fragment, two lines only, the second line of which is found in Child's "C" text of "Willie's Lyke-Wake," but a similar line is found in "The Beggar Wench," and the first line of this fragment, "Kind sir, if you please," may fit better with the latter)
  6. DT 25, WILILYKE*
  7. Roud #30
  8. BI, C025


Alternate titles: “Among the Blue Flowers and the Yellow”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1827 (Kinloch)
Keywords: love funeral trick
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord))