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James Harris
14. Well, my house carpenter is still at home, And living very well,
While my poor body is drowning in the sea, And my soul is bound for hell.
"House Carpenter." Obtained from Cleophas L. Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, fN. C, July 14, 1929, who had it from his great grandmother, Tilda Pyatte, of Avery County.
. "I once could have married a king's daughter,
And she would have married me;
But 1 forsaken the crown of goJd;
Was all for the love of thee." . "If you could have married the king's daughter,
I'm sure that you are to blame;
For I have married a house carpenter
And I think he's a nice young man." . "If you'll forsake your house carpenter
And go along with me,
I'll take you to where the grass grows green
And the banks of sweet relief." . "If I forsake my house carpenter
And go along with thee,
What have you to maintain me on
Or keep me from slavery ?" , "I have &ve. ships on the ocean wide
A-sailing for dry land;
Five hundred and twenty bold seamen
Will be at your command."
She picked up her sweet little babe
And kisses gave it three,
Saying, "Go, stay with your papa, my sweet little babe,
And keep him company."

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