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The Lass of Roch Royal
5. Oh, who will kiss my ruby lips, lips, lips ? Oh, who will kiss my ruby lips, lips, lips ? Oh, who will kiss my ruby lips,
When I am in the foreign land ?
6. Oh, I will kiss your ruby lips, lips, lips; Oh, I will kiss your ruby lips, lips, lips; Oh, 1 will kiss your ruby lips,
When I am in the foreign land.
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Obtained from Mr. C. L. Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1930.
Cox (p. 87) remarks that "these two stanzas sometimes occur by them­selves; so Child, III, 512 (from 'the Carolina mountains'); Cox C; Focus, IV, 49. But they easily become associated with any song on the theme of lovers' parting. They turn up, accordingly, (1) in 'The New-Slain Knight' (Child, No. 263); (2) in some forms of 'The True Lover's Farewell' (as Cox, No. 137, and Campbell and Sharp, No. 61 A; Belden's collection);
(3) in one version of 'The Rejected Lover' (Campbell and Sharp, No. 56 A);
(4)  in 'Cold Winter's Night' (Shearin, Modern Language Review, VI, 514; cf. Shearin and Combs, p. 8), which is a cross between (2) and (3); (5) in some forms of 'Careless Love' (Perrow, Journal, XXVIII, 147, mixed with 'The True Lover's Farewell;' Focus, III, 275); (6) in some versions of 'The False Young Man' (Campbell and Sharp, No. 94 C; Babcock, Folk-Lore Journal, VII, 31, reprinted by Child, III, 511); (7) in 'Kitty Kline' (Bascom, Journal, XXII, 240; cf. F. C. Brown, p. 9); (8) in 'Blue-eyed Boy' (Belden's Missouri collection); in (9) in a comic ditty (Lomax, The North Carolina Booklet, July, 1911, XI, 29). The same stanzas, alone or in combination, are lecorded in Bulletin, Nos. 2—10. They occur also in a West Virginia text of lThe House Carpenter' (No. 25 C), in 'John Hardy' (No. 35 E), and apparently in a North Carolina version of'Lord Randal,' Child, No. 12 (F. C. Brown, p. 9). Cf. Reed Smith, Journal, XXVIII, 201, 202."
1. Oh, who will shoe my pretty little feet ? Oh, who will glove my hand ? And who will kiss my ruby cheeks ? And who will be my man ?
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