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54 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
One night as she was lying weeping,
He came to her in gory blood,
Saying, "What do you weep for, you harmless creature?
Your brothers killed me, killed and thrown.
"And was by being both rash and cruel In such a place you can me find."
She travelled over hills and hollows And places too that was not known, Until she came to the bamboo briars, And there she found him killed and thrown.
She stayed three days, hunger came on her, Then she returned back home again.
It is, "Dear sister where have you been? The reason we ask you seems to whisper, Dear sister, tell us if you can."
"You are two hard-hearted, deceitful villains, For him alone you both shall swing." And, dear friends, if you'll believe me, The raging seas provide their grave.
(B) THE APPRENTICE BOY
In yon post-town there lived a margent, He had two sons and a daughter fair: