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Pretty Fair Miss
See Mackenzie, Ballads, No. 63; Cox, No. 92; Campbell and Sharp,
No. 98; Shearin and Combs, p. 27; Thomas, p. 104; Wyman and Brockway,
Lonesome Tunes, p. 88; Journal, XXII, 67 (Beatty), 379 (Barry); XXIX, 201
(Rawn and Peabody); Fuson, p. 77; PTFLS, No. 10, pp. 155156.
Obtained from Miss Virgie McMahan, Pensacola, North Carolina, August, 1931.
1. Pretty fair miss all in the garden; A brave soldier came riding by;
Up he stepped and, oh, how he dressed her, Saying: "Pretty fair miss, will you marry me?"
2. "No, sir, no, sir, I'm a lady of honor, Though a gentleman of honor you may be; My true-love has gone to the ocean;
It's been seven long years since his face I've seen."
3. "Perhaps your true-love is drowned, Or in some battle slain;
Perhaps he's took some pretty girl and married her; You'll never see his face again."
4.  "I hope he is happy, if he is drowned; Or if he's in some battle slain;
Or if he's took some pretty girl and married her, I love the girl that married him."
5. He took his hands all out of his pockets, Of which they looked pale and small.
He showed her the ring that she put on his finger, And straight before him she did fall.
6. He picked her up all in his arms;
The kisses he give her was one, two, three,
Saying: "If I had of stayed there seven years longer,
Not a girl on earth would of1 married me."
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