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14.  Sweet William died on Saturday eve, And Barb'ra died on Sunday;
Her mother died for love of both; She died on Easter's Monday.
15. They buried William in one church yard, And Barb'ra in another;
And from his grave there sprang a rose And from her grave a briar.
16. They grew to the top of the old church tower Till they could grow no taller;
They twined and twirled in a true love's knot; The rose clung to the briar.
Recorded in July, 1930, by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. William Franklin, also of Crossnore, N. C, and the grandmother of Miss Mary Franklin. Mrs. Franklin says that she learned the song when she was a child. It is worthy of note that the elder could remember only a portion of the song whereas her granddaughter knows a fairly complete text.
1. Early, early in the spring Green buds were a-swelling.
There was a young man taken down sick For the love of Barbara Allen.
2. Sent his servants to her town; Sent them to her dwelling, saying, "There's a young man taken down sick For the love of Barbara Allen."
3. Slowly, slowly she got up, Slowly she went to him, saying, "Young man, you are very sick And I think you are a-dying.
4.  "Don't you remember in yonders town We were a-drinking:
You hand a drink to all the young ladies And slighted Barbara Allen?"

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