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A pedlar comes along, who has just met Dicky on his way to the spring. When he sees the pastor and hears the wife singing he understands what is up, hurries back to catch Dicky and persuades him to get in the hopsack and allow himself to he taken hack home. As they reach the house, the pedlar sings out stanza ).
Pedlar Sings:
3. "Oh, Dicky Whigburn he's not fur
And out of my hopsack I'll have him appear;
And if a friend he does lack,
I'll stand at his back,
Through the green woods and the willows."
Dicky gets out of hopsack :
4. "Good morning, fair gentleman all in a row; The chief of your secret I very well know." They beat the old pastor and right straight away; They whipped Dicky's wife the very next way And Dicky and the Pedlar together did stay.
See Campbell and Sharp, No. 43; Hudson, No. 39; and Hudson, fournal, XXXIX, 155. Campbell and Sharp supply the following references: West Country Garlands (c. 1760); fournal of the Folk-Song Society, III, 315; Songs of the West, 2nd ed., No. 117.
Obtained from Mrs. Mary Tucker, Varnell, Georgia, October, 1930. Mrs. Tucker is the eldest daughter of Samuel Harmon, formerly of Cade's Cove, Tennessee.
1. Monday morning I married me a wife, Lury, lury, lyda, Expecting to live a happy life, Lury, lury, lyda.

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