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The Courting Case O Sir, I see you come again Pray tell me why it's so; When I left you in Gordonsville I told you to come no more. O madam, I have come again, I'll tell you why it's so : When I left you in Gordonville, I told you I was coming once more. O madam, I have a very fine house, It is new erected fine; It all can be at your command If you will be my bride. Kind sir, I know your very fine house, And also very nice yard; O who will stay with me at night When you are at playing of cards? O madam, I don't play cards at night, I never thought it was right; If you will consent and marry me I won't stay out one night. Kind sir, I know what that is said for, It's just to take me in; When you get me at your command You'll drink and gamble again. O madam, I have a very fine field, It's sixty acres wide; It all can be at your command If you will be my bride. O sir, I know your very fine field, And also very nice fruit; When I come in, I'll turn you out, Fur you know that hog will root. O madam, I have a very fine horse, His pace is like the tide. If you will consent and marry me O you may have him to ride. O sir, I know your very fine horse, Thee horse that knows no harm ; His master loves to drink and gamble, And I'm 'feared his horse might learn. O madam, you have red, rosy cheeks, And I have got my land; O madam, you have your coal-black hair. O keep them and be damned. O sir, I have my red rosy cheeks, And you have got your land; O sir, I have my coal-black hair, And they are another man's. From English Folk Songs in the Southern Appalachians, Sharp. Collected from Mrs. Lawson Gray, VA 1918 RG
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