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Jack and Joe
4. "Your company is sweet," the beggar replied, "And message I have for you beside.
The lad that you mourn will never return To make little Mary his bride."
5. "Oh, sir," says she, "if you will tell me, All money I have I'll give;
If what you tell, you'll tell quite true Oh, say, does my William still live ?"
6. "He lives in poverty
And suffered a shipwreck besides; He'll never return for he is too poor To make littk Mary his bride."
7. "Oh," says she, "this can never be; My lover can never be told;
He's as welcome in his poverty
As though he was covered with gold."
8.  The beggar then drew the pad from his eye; He laid off his jacket besides;
Mary looked, and to her surprise,
It was William who stood by her side.
9. "Forgive me, dear Mary, forgive me," said he, "It was only your love that I tried.
This very day to church let us go And I'll make little Mary my bride."
See Shearin and Combs, p. 24; Brown, p. 10. Three slightly differing versions of this song were obtained in the same vicinity. Cf. also Bradley Kincaid, Favorite Old-Time Songs and Mountain Ballads, Chicago, 1929, p. 12.

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