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Week Before Easter 2 I courted a bonnie girl full many's the day And hated all people who against her did say But now she's rewarded me well for my pain For she's gone to get tied to another The week before Easter, the moon bright and clear And the sun it shone brightly and keen blew the air I went out to the forest to gather fine flowers But the forest would give me no roses The roses are red, love, and the leaves they are green The bushes and the briars are pleasant to be seen Where the small birds are singing and changing their notes Down among the wild beasts in the forest And the first time I saw my love was to the church go The bride and the bridegroom they cut a fine show Well I followed after, my heart filled with woe For I was the man ought to've had her The parson who married them, aloud he did cry For you who'd forbid it, I'd have you draw nigh Well, said I to myself, I've a good reason why Though I had not the heart to forbid it And the next time I saw my love, it was in the church stand A gold ring on her finger, white gloves on her hand Well, said I to myself, I should have been that man Tho I never once mentioned it to her Oh when that my true love she sat down to meat I sat myself by her but no thing could I eat But I thought her sweet company better than wine Although she was tied to some other And the last time I saw my love, she was all dressed in white Made my eyes fill with tears and quite dazzled my sight So I picked up my hat and I wished her good night Here's adieu to a false hearted true love The men in yon forest, they all ask of me How many strawberries grow in the salt sea? And I answer them back with a tear in my eye "How many dark ships sail the forest?" Go dig me a grave, both long, wide and deep And strew it all over with roses so sweet That I might lie down there and take a long sleep And that's the best way to forget her DT #845 see also various files starting with FLSE Recorded by Tony Saletan; by Kevin Conneff on The Week Before Easter SOF
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