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Than to marry Betsy, a servant maid!"
Then he took sick, 0 very bad,
No mirth nor music could make him glad.
They sent for doctors far and near,
But none of them could Johnny cheer;
And every doctor tried their skill
Till at last they did poor Johnny kill.
And when she saw her son lie dead, She rang her hands and tore her head, Saying, " If life I once could bring again, I'd send for Betsy across the main! If life I once could bring again, I would send for Betsy across the main!"
I once knew a soldier just from the war, He courted a lady for honor and for store; The lady loved the soldier because he was so bold. So great was her fortune it scarcely could be told.
"Now," said the lady, "I cannot be your wife,
For fear my wretched father would shortly end your
life." He drew a sword and pistol and hung them by his side Saying, "We will get married and who will betide."

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