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6. She mounted then the milk-white steed,
And led the drossly gray. She rode it home at her father's house,
One long hour before day. Up cried, up cried, the pretty little parrot,
Wherein his cage he stay: "What's the matter, what's the matter, pretty Polly ?
What makes you ride so long before day ?" "Hold your tongue, my pretty little parrot,
Tell no tales on me. Your cage will be made of yellow beaded gold
And shall hang in a willow tree."
7. Up cried, up cried, the old lord of all
In his bed-room there where he lay. "What's the matter, what's the matter, pretty Polly?
What makes you quack so long before day ?" "There come three cats to my cage door,
And threatened to weary me, And I had to call pretty Polly
To chase them cats away."
(Child, No. 7)
See Barry, Modern Language Notes\ Vol. XXV, No. 4; Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, p. 35 (two versions); Campbell and Sharp, No. 3 (four versions); Cox, No. 2; Davis, No. 4 (four versions with a "modern piece" as an appen­dix); Hudson, No. 2; Mackenzie, Quest, p. 60; Mackenzie, Ballads, No. 2; Shearin, p. 4; Shearin and Combs, p. 7; Journal, XXVIII, 152 (Perrow); XXVIII, 200 (Reed Smith); XLII, 256 (Henry, the same text). For addi­tional references, see Cox, No. 2. Professor and Mrs. I. G. Greer, of Boone, N. C, have registered the song with dulcimer accompaniament under the title, "Sweet William and Fair Ellen," on Paramount Record, 3236A and 3236B. Add Brown, p. 9.
"Lord Loving." From the singing of Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, who learned it from Grandfather Harmon in Watauga County, North Carolina. Recorded by Mrs. Henry.

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