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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 67
"0 Betsy, 0 Betsy, I love you well! I love you better than tongue can tell!
0 Betsy, 0 Betsy, I love you dear!"
His mother chanced these words to hear.
Then she resolved within her mind
To stop these two of their designs.
Early next morning when she arose
She says to Betsy, "Put on your clothes.
Go dress yourself," says she,
"And wait on me two days or three."
Then o'er the country they went, But Betsy knew not her intent. There was a ship lying in the down, And to Verginny it was bound, Where she sold Betsy across the main, And returned safe home to her son again.
"You're welcome home, dear mother," he says,
"But where is Betsy behind you stayed?"
" 0 son, 0 son, your love's in vain,
For we sold Betsy 'cross the main.
My son, my son," says she,
"You're bringing scandal on you and me.
1 would rather see your corpse lie dead Than to marry Betsy, a servant maid."
"Then your desire you soon shall have, If you'd rather see my corpse lie dead