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12 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
The farmer run with his great hook And hooked this fair lady out of the sea.
"0 what will we do with her fingers so small?" "We'll take them and we'll make harp screws."
" 0 what will we do with her hair so long?" "We'll take it and we'll make harp strings."
0 the farmer was hung by the gallows so high, And the sister was burned at the stake close by. __
(B) THE OLD MAN IN THE NORTH COUNTREE
There was an old man in the North Countree,
Bow down There was an old man in the North Countree,
And a bow 'twas unto me There was an old man in the North Countree, He had daughters one, two, three.
I'll be true to my love if my love is true to me.
There was a young man came a-courting And he made choice of the youngest one.
He gave his love a beaver cape;
The second she thought much of that.
"Sister, 0 sister, let us go down And see the ships go sailing by."