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Ballads and Songs
13
THE WIFE OF USHER'S WELL
(Child, No. 79)
See Belden, No. 77; Campbell and Sharp, No. 19; Cox, No. 14; Davis, No. 22; Hudson, No. 12; McGill, p. 5; Pound, Syllabus, p. 10; Pound, Ballads, No. 7; Shearin and Combs, p. 9; Journal, XIII, 119 (Newell); XXIII, 429 (Belden); XXX, 305 (Kittredge); XXXII, 503 (Richardson); XXXIX, 96 (Hudson); Randolph, p. 180; Brown, p. 9.
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No local title was given for this ballad. It is from a manuscript sent by Mrs. Mary Tucker, Varnell, Georgia, who is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon, formerly of Cade's Cove, Tennessee.
1. There was a woman lived in Ardell, And babies, she had three;
She sent them away to the North Country To learn their granerlee.1
2. They had not been gone two week, I am sure it was not three,
Till old grim Death come knocking at the door, And tuk these babies away.
3. When their mother heard of that, She wrung her hands full sore; "Alas! alas!" Their mother said, "I will see my babes no more.
4. "There is a King in Heaven, I know, Who I know wears a crown.
Oh, pray, Lord, do send my babies down."
5. Christmas time was drawing near; The night drew long and cold;
These three babies come running down the hill, Into their mother's hall.
grammar, learning.
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