Charming Beauty Bright (2) Once I courted a fair beauty-bride; I courted her by day and I courted her by night; And I courted her for love, and her love I did obtain; I'm sure she had no reason at all to complain. Then her father came this to know, Why I was courting his daughter also, And he locked her up so high, and he kept her so severe, O how happy would I be to get sight of my dear! Then I thought to the war I would go, To see whether I could forget my love or no; But when I came in sight, the army shone so bright, It put me in fresh mind of my own heart's delight. For seven long years I served my king; In seven long years I came home again, With my heart so full of woe, and my eyes so full of tears, O how happy would I be, to get sight of my dear! Then I thought to her parents I wouid go, To see whether I could see my love or no; But when her mother saw me, she wrang her hands and cried: "Say, my daughter loved you dearly, and for your sake she died." Then I was struck like a lamb that was slain; Tears poured from my eyes like showers of rain; Come all ye true lovers, come pity, pity me; Come pity my misfortune and sad misery. From Folk Songs of the South, Cox Collected from Miss Myrtle Linger DT #575 Laws M3 RG oct96
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