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The Rejected Lover O once I courted a pretty little girl, And I loved her as my life, I'd freely give my heart and hand To have made her my wife, O, to have made her my wife. I took her by the hand And I led her to the door. I kindly asked this pretty girl To kiss me once more, O, to kiss me once more. O who will shoe your feet, my love And who will glove your hands. And wbo will kiss your ruby lips When I'm in the far-off land O, when I'm in the far-off land? My father'll shoe my feet, my love My mother will glove my hand And you may kiss my ruby lips When you come from far-off land. My being gone six long months, lt gave her room to complain, And she wrote me a letter, saying: You can't come again. One cold winter night when I was a-riding And a-drinking of good wine, And a-thinking of the pretty little girl That stole that heart of mine. I wish I'd a-died when I was young, Or never had a-been born, For I never would have met her rosy cheeks Nor heard her flattering tongue. From English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, Sharp Collected from Mrs. Jane Gentry, NC 1916 DT #495 Laws P10 RG apr96
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