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The Maid Freed from the Gallows
"As 21/2outof 7 stanzas are from the Child ballad, I think your text ought to be printed with the others. Not in an appendix, since it is part of an actual version of the old ballad. Child, I am sure would have made the same dis­position of it, — printing the rest of the text in smaller type than that used for stanza 3, lines 1—2, and stanzas 6—7."
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Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Miss Cora Clark, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1929.
1. "O hangman, hangman, hold your hand; Wait just a little while; I think I see my father dear Who's come for many a long mile.
2. "Father, O father, have you brought me gold? Or have you bought me free ? Or have you come to see me hang, On yonder lonesome tree ?"
5. "Daughter, O daughter, I've brought you no gold; Nor have I bought you free; But I have come to see you hang On yonder lonesome tree."
4. "Hangman, O hangman, hold your hand; Wait just a little while;
I think I see my mother dear Who's come for many a long mile.
5. "Mother, O mother, have you brought me gold? Or have you bought me free ?
Or have you come to see me hang On yonder lonesome tree ?"
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III