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Farewell, Parting Lover
The lines from "The Lass of Roch Royal" appear in stanzas 4 and 5. Cf. the appendices A and B under "The Lass of Roch Royal." The song was recorded by Johnnie Shields, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, from the singing of Mrs. Wright, Pruden, Tennessee.
1. Oh, fare you well, my own true love; So fare you well for a while;
I'm going away but I'm coming back, If I go ten thousand mile.
2.  If I prove false to you, my love, '1 he earth shall melt and burn;
The sea may freeze and the earth may burn, If I no more return.
3.  Ten thousand miles, my own true love, Ten thousand miles or more;
The rocks may melt and the sea may burn, If I no more return.
4. And who will shoe your feet, my love ? And who will glove your hand ?
Oh, who will kiss your red, rosy cheek, When I'm in that far off land ?
5.  My father will shoe my pretty, little feet; My mother will glove my hand;
And you can kiss my red, rosy cheek, When you come from that far off land.
6. Oh, don't you see yon little turtle dove A-skipping from vine to vine,
A-mourning the loss of its own true love Just as I mourn for mine ?

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