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Bonny Barbara Allan
5. "Oh, yes, you're sick, you're very sick And death is nigh you dwelling,
But never no better will you ever be For you can't get Barb'ra Allen.
6. "Do you remember in yonders town When we were all a-drinking,
You handed wine to ladies all, But you slighted Barb'ra Allen ?"
7. "Yes, I remember in yonders town When we were all a-drinking,
I handed wine to the ladies all, But my love to Barb'ra Allen."
8. He turned his.pale face to the wall; He turned his back upon them: "Adieu, adieu, fair friends, to all, Be good to Barb'ra Allen."
9.   Slowly, slowly, she got up And slowly she went from him;
She had not gone but a mile in town, Till she heard his death bell tolling.
10.  She looked to the east, she looked to the west, She saw his cold corpse coming:
"Hand me down, hand me down that corpse of clay, That I may gaze upon him."
11.  The more she gazed, the more she wept, Till she burst out in sorrow:
"There is a young man that I could have saved, If I had done my duty.
12. "Mother, O mother, go, make my bed, Make it both long and narrow; Sweet William died for me today;
I'll die for him tomorrow.
13. "Father, O father, go, dig my grave; Dig it both long and narrow; Sweet William died for me in love; I'll die for him in sorrow."
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