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98 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
They carried him to Betsy dear, Which made her feel so very queer.
" 0 Johnny dear, why did you go Down in the meadow for to mow?"
"0 Betsy dear I thought you knowed 'Twas daddy's hay and must be mowed."
Now this young man gave up the ghost And away to Abraham's bosom post.
(B) [WOODVILLE MOUND]
Near Woodville Mound there did dwell A lovely youth, I knew him well. 'Twas Deacon Jones' oldest son, Who just riz up from twenty-one.
Sing fal dum diddle, fal dum a day Fal dum diddle dum a day.
John he went down in the wheatfield
And a mighty big snake bit him on the heel.
"0, Dad," said John, "run for my gal; I'm going to die, I know I shall."