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The Bramble Briar
See Cox, No. 88; Pound, No. 22; Journal, XXIX, 168; XXXV, 359;
Belden, Publications of the Modern Language Association, XXXIII, 327.
Cf. also Belden, The Sewanee Review, April, 1911; Shearin, The Sewanee
Review, July, 1911; Barry, No. 49; Campbell and Sharp, No. 38.
"The Bamboo Brier." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. SamuelHarmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1930, who learned it from Grandfather Harmon.
1.  It was earl-/, earl-/ in the morning When those young men became a-hunting, They hunted over hills and lonesome valleys And through sach phces as was quite unknown.
2. Till at last they came to the Bamboo Brier And then her true-love was killed and thrown. It was getting late when they was turning.
"O brother dear, where my servant man can be?"
3. "Among my hunt and all our rambles We have lost your servant man there."
4. It was earl-/, earl-/ the next morning This young damsel became a-hunting.
She traveled over hills and through lonesome valleys And through such places as was quite unknown.
5. At last she came to the Bamboo Brier. There her true-love was killed and thrown; The blood on his cheeks was just a-drying; His feeble lips was salt as brine.
6.  She kissed him o'er and over a-crying: "I have lost a bosom friend of mine."
It was getting late when she was returning: "Sister, dear, where have you been?"
7.  "Oh, ye, oh, ye, ye cruel villians!
For my true-love you both shall hang."
They started to the sea for to drown all sin and sorrow.
The top of the ship became in a totter
And in the bottom of the sea their graves lie low.

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