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American Ballads and Folk Songs
As he was a-pattin', a-pattin' and a-blatin' [sic]. One day up the river he chanced for to meetó As he was a-pattin', he met with a possum, And kind, loving compliments had to her there.
"O dearest possum, where air you a-goin'?
It is a cold and blustery day.
If you'll go with me, oh, how I will love you!
I'll take you to my den, love, and there you may stay."
With all these kind compliments, possum lie grinning, And then returned to her love and did say: "Go to my uncle on the banks of the river, And if he is willing, with you I'll agree."
So the bear and the possum they patted together
Till they retch' the bank of the river side.
He says, "Uncle Raccoon, I've been courting your possum,
And if you are willing, I'll make her my bride."
The match was struck up, all things were made ready, This couple was jined in the very same day. The wildcats and ground hogs were choosen for waiders [sic], The priest was a painter,* I've heard people say.