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8. "Oh, tell me not of danger, love, For death I value not,
I value not danger, love, When Willie's by my side."
9. "Then what [if]1 I meet a damsel, love, All on the highway,
And take a fancy to her, What would my Polly say ?
10. "Would she be offended, love?" "Oh, no, I'll love her too,
I'll step aside, sweet Willie, Till she may comfort you."
11. "Oh, no, oh, no, then, pretty Polly, These words has gauged my heart; We'll go and get married
Before we depart."
12. This couple straight-way married, And Will has gone on the sea, And Polly is still waiting,
In her own country.
See Campbell and Sharp, No. 48; Cox, No. 124; Mackenzie, The Quest of the Ballad, 70, 190193; Journal, XXV, 7; XXVIII, 156; XXXV, 373; Brown, p. 10; Randolph, pp. 189191.
"East Tennessee Girl." Sung by Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1928. i.Johnny, he is home; He is just home from sea; He's been to Ireland Where he's been before.
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