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12. "I have no watch or money,"
The poor man replied. "I have a happy family Each day to provide."
13. "I been cast out of Shamrock,
For being a bad, bad boy: But if this is so, you shan't be hurt," Cried John Detroy.
14. John Detroy was now captured
And then sentenced to die On tenth of April,
On his scaffold high.
15. His friend and all that knew him
Cried for louder joy: "Here goes our brave young hero By name of John Detroy."
(William Hall)
See Campbell and Sharp, No. 101; Sharp, Songs, II, 32; Thomas, p. 84; Wyman and Brockway, Lonesome Tunes, p. 100; Pound, No. 29; Pound, Syllabus, p. 15; Shearin and Combs, pp. 11, 12; Shearin, Sewanee Review, XIX, 322; Pound, Journal, XXVI, 355.
Obtained from Mrs. Rachel Brackett, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Varnell, Georgia, February, 1932.
1. Once I knew a brisk young farmer And his name was William Hall
And his hair was black and he wore it curly And those pretty blue eyes of all.
2. And they sent him over and over the ocean, So his face I never more see;
Cold rain drops fell just as it happen By a chance my true-love to meet.

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