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Ballads and Songs
5. At first she showed him a gay gold ring; And then a yellow, mellow apple;
And then a cherry as red as blood, Which enticed the little boy in.
6. And then she took him by the hand; And through the castle she went; And pitched him into a cellar below, Where no one could hear his lament.
7. "Oh, spare me, oh, spare me," the little boy cried, That little boy cried he,
"And if ever I live to be a man, My treasures shall be thine."
8. Then she took him out again; And pinned him in a napkin;
And called for a basin washed with gold, To catch his heart's blood in.
9. "Oh, lay my prayer book at my head; My Bible at my heart;
And if my playmates should ask for me, Oh, tell them that we must part.
10. "Oh, lay my prayer book at my heart; My Bible at my head; And if mother should ask of me, Oh, tell her that I am dead."
"A Little Boy Lost His Ball." Obtained from Mrs. Mary Tucker, Varnell, Georgia, 1929. Mrs. Tucker is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon, formerly of Cade's Cove, Tennessee.
1. On one dark and misty day Two little boys went to play;
They bounced their ball, they bounced it high, they bounced it low; It rolled into a gypsy's door, where no one was
allowed to go.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III