English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 19
The Wife of Usher's Well
2   They hadn't been there before a very short time, Scarcely six weeks and three days,
Till sickness came into that old town And swept her three babes away.
3   She dreamed a dream when the nights were long, When the nights were long and cold ;
She dreamed she saw her three little babes Come walking down to their home.
4   She spread them a table all on a white cloth, And on it she put bread and wines.
Come and eat, come and eat, my three little babes, Come and eat and drink those wines.
5   Take it off, take it off, mother dear, cried they, For we can no longer stay,
For yonder stands one, our Saviour dear, To take us in his arms.
6   She spread them a bed in the backside room. And on it she put three sheets,
And one of the three was a golden sheet, For the youngest one might sleep.
7   Take it off, take it off, mother dear, cried they, For we can no longer stay,
For yonder stands one, our Saviour dear, To take us in his arms.
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