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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 55
There lived a 'prentice boy about there, Who was the daughter's dearest dear.
Ten thousand pounds was this gay lady's portion; She was a fair and a camelite dame; She loved this young man who crossed the ocean; He told her how he ^ould be so deslain.
One day they was in the room a-courting; The oldest brother chanced to hear; He went and told the other brother, They would deprive her of her dear.
Her brothers studied on this cruel matter, Concluded a-hunting they would go, And with this young man they both would flatter; A-hunting with them he had to go.
They traveled over high hills and mountains And through strange places where it were unknown, Till at length they came to some lonesome valley, And then they killed him dead and thrown.
All on that evening when they returned, She asked them where's her servant-man; "What makes me ask you?" she seems to whisper, "Dear brothers, tell me if you can."
"He is lost in the wild woods a-hunting; His face you never more shall see."






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