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72 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
"Describe him, 0 describe him,
Describe him unto me; For perhaps I saw a sword pass through him,
As I've lately been to sea."
"He is proper, neat, and handsome,
He is proper, neat, and tall, He has long black hair and he wears it platted,
Through, a gay gold ring doth fall."
. "0 yes, I saw him, and I know him, His name is Thomas Hall; I saw a cannon ball pass through him, And thus, fair lady, your lover did fall."
She stood wringing her lily white hands, As though her heart would break.
"Hush up, hush up, my pretty fair maiden, Perhaps I be the very man."
She turned around and looked upon him,
She turned and looked again. She hopped and she flew and she ran unto him,
And embraced him by the hand.
They joined their loving hands together, And straight to the church did go,
And married they never must each other, Whether their parents were willing or no.