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William and Polly
See Campbell and Sharp, No. 225; Mackenzie's "The Quest of the Ballad," p. 135; Shearin and Combs, p. 27; Belden, No. 15; Dean (The Flying Cloud, etc.), pp. 105106; Journal, XXV, 910. For many English references, see Mackenzie, Ballads, No. 3 5.
"Song Ballet." Obtained from Mrs. Mary Tucker, Varnell, Georgia, 1929.
1. A youthful young man, All in his blooming years, With sigh lamentations And a-many lonesome tear,
2. He v/ent to his beloved one, To give her to understand, That he must go and leave her, All in some far distant land.
3. "Stay you at home, sweet Willie, Stay you at home," said she, "Stay you at home, sweet Willie, And do not go to sea."
4. "Our king wants commanders, love, And I, for one, must go;
If it was to save my own life, I dare not answer no."
5. "I'll cut my hair, and paint my skin, And dress in man's repair.
I go with you, sweet Willie, I go with you to sea."
6.  "Stay you at home, pretty Polly, Stay you at home," said he. "Stay you at home, pretty Polly, And do not go to sea.
7. "There the men do lie bleeding, love, And bullets swift do fly,
And silver trumpet sounding, To drown the wounded's cry."

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