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The Perjured Maid
12. No answer from his love could get; His grief was more than he could bear; And a river near the town,
In sorrow and tears he walked down.
13. He threw himself in with sad screams and cries; He never more was seen to rise.
The very day he died,
She made another man a bride.
14. The joyful day was done and passed; Mark the sorrow to come at last
15. When bed time came she said:
"My dear, let me first for bed prepare, And afterwards when you want to come, My maid will light you to the room."
16. Hunting the room and chamber around, Nothing but her clothes could be found. As I have always heard them say:
"The devil has carried her soul and body away."
The song Mr. Barry found in the Harvard University Library is reprinted here for the purpose of comparison:
THE PERJURED MAID Come, lovers all, both maid and men,
Who swear to what you ne'er rnten', A warning piece I bring to you,
The which is strange but certain true. A Nobleman near Exeter,
He had a comely daughter fair: And at the age of sixteen years,
She courted was by Lords and Peers. But some of them her heart could move,
Till a young sea Captain he did prove To be the master of her heart,
And caus'd it both to bleed and smart. His person was so excellent,
That she, poor soul, had no content; And always when he went to sea,
She'd weep with sorrow bitterly.

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