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"Loving Heneary." Obtained from Mrs. Mary Tucker, Varnell, Georgia. Mrs. Tucker is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon, formerly of Cade's Cove, Tennessee.
i. "Come in, come in, loving Heneary," she said, "And stay all night with me, For it has been fully three quarters of a year, Since I changed one word with thee."
2. "1 won't come in or 1 can't come in,
For I have not a moment of time; Besides all of that, you have true lovers of your own; Your heart is no more mine."
3. "Your heart, it once was mine, my love;
Your arms lie across my breast, But you made me believe by the false lies you swore, That [thel sun rose in the west.
4.  "As many stars in the sky above,
As the green grass below; That many curses shall be sent upon your head, For treating any poor girl so.
5. "I wish to the Lord my baby was borned,
And on its daddy's knee; And me, a poor girl, was dead and gone, And green grass growing over me.
6. "I wish, Lord, I never bin borned,
Or a-died when 1 was young: I would never would of1 wet my cheeks in tears For the sake of no man's son.
7. "If I live till another year
And God will give me grace,
1 will buy me a bottle of simon water
To wash your flattering face.
8. "While other girls can go abroad
And hear the small birds sing, Me, a poor girl, have to stay at home
___________               And rock the cradle and sing."
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