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The Butcher Boy
4.  She takes a knife and cuts me down And in my bosom this note she found: "Oh, mother dear, what have I done ? I killed myself for a butcher's son.
5. "When I am dead and to heaven gone, Bury me by the lily pond;
Put at my head a marble stone;
Down at my feet another one;
Put at my bosom a golden dove
To show the world that I died for love.'
The following fragm< nt was recalled by Miss Elizabeth Albers, a teacher in Dickinson High School, Jesey City, N. J., after reading versions A and B.
1. In Jersey City where I do dwell, A butcher boy I love so well;
He took a strange girl on his knee
And told to her what he wouldn't tell me.
2.  She went up stairs to go to bed And on the bed there was a rope And with the rope she hung herself; She hung herself for the butcher boy.
F
This fragment was obtained from Mrs. Henry C. Gray, R. F. D., No. 3, Box 499, Terre Haute, Indiana, who has written as follows: "There is a woman living with mother who has been with our family more than sixty years. She is seventy-six now. Her parents were real pioneers north of
here..... She remembered as a child hearing a young man sing The
Butcher Boy.....She was never a singer and could not remember how it
went but the last stanza was what struck her attention." Here it is with only slight variation from the last stanza in^4 and B.
Go, dig my grave both wide and deep; Put a marble stone at my head and feet; And on my grave put a turtle dove To show the world that I died for love.
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