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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 121 52
(A) SILVER DAGGER
Come all young men, please lend attention To these few words I'm going to write;
They are as true as ever were written Concerning a lady fair and bright.
A young man courted a fair young maiden;
He loved her as he loved his life, And always vowed that he would make her
His own true and wedded wife.
But when hisjaarentsc.came to know this, They tried to part them day and night,
Saying, "Son, 0 son, don't you be so foolish— That girl's too poor for to be your wife."
This young man fell down on his knees a-pleading,
" 0 father, mother, pity me. Don't take from me my dearest darling,
For she is all the world to me."
But when the young lady came to know this, She soon resolved what she would do.
She wandered forth and from the city, Never more her charms to view.