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American Ballads and Folk Songs
In everything that's lawful, Until her dying day.
Avoiding all offenses, Not sow the seeds o£ strifeó These are the solemn duties Of every man and wife.
Young people who delight in sin, I'll tell you what has lately been: A woman who was young and fair died in sin and deep despair*
She went to frolics, dances and play, in spite of all her friends could
say, "I'll turn to God when I get old, and He will then receive my soul."
On Friday morning she took sick, her stubborn heart began to break. She called her mother to her bed, her eyes were rolling in her head.
* From White Spirituals of the Southern Uplands, by George Pullen Jackson (University of North Carolina Press, publishers).

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