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Ballads and Songs
i. The judge was there and the jury too And people from afar. A fair-haired lad of tender youth Was prisoner at the bar.
2.  The great court room was crowded With the eager, anxious throng And many a heart was aching
For the boy accused of wrong.
3. A maiden fair with golden hair Swept swiftly through the crowd. The people gazed in wonderness Spoke not a word aloud.
4.  She stepped into the judge's stand. One moment did she pause;
But smiling through her tears, she said: "Judge, let me plead his cause:
5. "Now, judge, your mind must wander back To those long years gone by
And see your sweetheart and yourself, Just like this lad and I.
6. "Unless you aim to blot our lives And say that we must part, Remember, judge, your darling wife Was once your dear sweetheart.
7. "Next Sunday is our wedding day, A dream of woman's life,
Where at the altar he will make Me his loving wife.
8. "If you have children of your own, Mercy, I do pray;
Remember, judge, you'll break my heart, If you send him away."
9.  The judge rose slowly from his seat; The court was still as death;
The tears came trembling down his cheeks; He spoke with panted breath.
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III