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A S William and Mary stood by the seashore Their last farewell to take, Returning no more, little Mary she said, " Why surely my heart will break." " Oh, don't be dismayed, little Mary," he said, As he pressed the dear girl to his side, " In my absence don't mourn, for when I return I'll make little Mary my bride."
Three years passed on without any news.
One day as she stood by the door
A beggar passed by with a patch on his eye,
" I'm home, oh, do pity, my love;
Have compassion on me, your friend I will be.
Your fortune I'll tell besides.
The lad you mourn will never return
To make little Mary his bride."
She startled and trembled and then she did say, " All the fortune I have I freely give If what I ask you will tell unto me, Say, does young William yet live? " " He lives and is true and poverty poor, And shipwreck has suffered beside; He'll return no more, because he is poor, To make little Mary his bride."

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