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The Wife of Usber's Well
6. The table was spread with bread and wine; "Come, eat and drink, my sweet little babies, Come, eat and drink, it is mine."
7. "I do not want your bread, dear mare, Or neither want your wine,
For yander stands our Saviour dear, And to Him we now must go."
8. She put them in the back room to sleep, Spread over with clean sheet,
And over the top spread a golden sheet, To make them venture sleep.
9. "Wake up, wake up," said the oldest one, "The chickens will soon crow for day, And yander stands our Saviour dear, And to Him we now must go.
10. "Farewell, dear father, farewell, dear mother, Farewell to Aunt Kate and Kane, For mander1 stands our Saviour dear, And to Him we now must remain."
This version came from Mrs. Helen Tufts Bailie, 22 De Wolfe Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, who had it from John Oliver, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, April 10, 1931. Mr. Oliver writes that he had it from Mrs. M. J. Lawson-Lequire of Cade's Cove, the daughter of Daniel Brownlow Lawson, "a great uncle of mine" and "a great singer like all the Lawsons". Mr. Oliver adds: "He one time owned half the Cove and was justice of the peace thirty years."
1. There was a bride in Ireland; She had but three little babes;
She sent them away to the northerland To study our grammaree.
2. They had not been gone but a very short time, Just about six months and a day,
Till death grew on the northerland And swept those babes away.
1 Mistake for jander, yonder,