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206 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
"I did not hear, my daughter dear, your last remark
quite clearly, But Billy is a goodly lad, no doubt he loves you dearly; Tomorrow morning he may come, he may come bright
and early, And you may take a walk with him across the fields of
97 FAIR FANNY MOORE
Yonder stands a cottage all deserted and lone, Its paths are neglected, with grass overgrown, Go in and you'll see some dark stains on the flooró Alas! it is the blood of the fair Fanny Moore.
To Fanny so blooming two lovers there came, One offered young Fanny his wealth and his name; But neither his money nor pride could secure A place in the heart of the fair Fanny Moore.
The first was young Randall so bold and so proud, When to the fair Fanny his haughty head bowed; But his wealth and his house both failed to allure The heart from the bosom of fair Fanny Moore.
The next was young Henry of lowest degree, He won his fond love and enraptured was he; And then at the altar he quick did secure The hand and the heart of the fair Fanny Moore.