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3.  The way was cold and dreary and night was coming on; Into that lonely valley he led that maiden on;
"O Edward, I am tired of wandering here alone;
The way is cold and dreary, I pray you take me home."
4. "You have not the wings of an eagle, nor from me can you fly; No earthly soul can hear you; you instantly must die."
She fell upon her bending knees and begged him for her life; But into that snowy bosom he plunged a gleaming knife.
5. "O Edward, I'll forgive you with my last and dying breath; I never have deceived you, as I close my eyes in death. Here's adieu to my fond parents, to all my friends, adieu! To you, my dearest Edward, may all your work prove true."
6. He fell upon his bending knee, saying, "Lord, what have I done? I've murdered my Florilla, true as the rising sun."
Now in that lonely valley where the violets weep o'er the grave, Lies Florilla forgotten where the merry sunbeams play.
"Pearl Bryant." Obtained from Granville Gadsey, Guerrant, Breathitt County, Kentucky, 1925.
1. In Greencastle lives a lady, who was known this wide world over, Who was murdered by Scott Jackson, whom she really did adore. Yes, she love him very dearly, for he was both young and gay; In him she trusted firmly and by him was led astray.
2.  She told him her brave story and he knew that if1 were true; Then, he grew very much discouraged for he knew not what to do. He went to his friend, Wallen; they seek and said......
And there they held a consultation and the daring plot was laid.
3. On a cab one rainy evening just before the close of day
Up rode Wallen and Scott Jackson and with Pearl they rode away. Yes, Pearl and all her beauty left the town with those two men, Not thinking for one moment what would be her awful end.
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