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Ltttle Musgrave and Lady Barnard
19.  "Oh, how can I dare to sleep2 with you? Oh, how can I risk my life ?
You have two swords right by your side, And me not as much as a knife, knife, knife, And me not as much as a knife."
20. "I know I have two swords by my side And they cost me deep in purse;
You may have the very best one,
And I will take the worst, worst, worst;
And 1 will take the worst."
21. "You may strike the very first lick, And strike it like a man;
J will strike the very next lick, And I'll kill you if I can, can, can; And 1*11 kill you if I can."
22. Little Mathie struck the very first lick; He wounded Lord Daniel from sword; Lord Daniel struck the very next lick; He killed him in the floor, floor, floor; He killed him in the floor.
23. He threw his arms around his wife, And kisses gave her three;
"Now, tell me which you love the best, Little Mathie Grave or me, me, me ? Little Mathie Grave or me ?"
24. "Very well, 1 like your red rosy cheeks, Also do 1 like your chin;
Much better do I love Little Mathie Grave Than you and all your kin, kin, kin; Than you and all your kin."
25. He pulled a pistol out of his pocket; It was loaded with powder and lead; He shot his wife; he shot himself;
Sang, "Here we all three lay dead, dead, dead; Here we all three lay dead."
- Mrs. Eckstorm calls this a "nonsense line, corrupted from an unknown original." The substitution of such a word as "'strive' for 'sleep'would be pure guess."|She adds the conjecture that it may be "the line from stanza three, lepeatcd unintentionally or put m by the singer to fill out the measure."
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