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7. "Dear Edward, what have I done That you should take my life ?
I always have been willing
And I would have been your wife."
8. Down on her knees a-praying And pleading for her life While in the throbbing bosom He plunged a fatal knife.
9. "Dear Edward, tell my parents That all for me shall mourn; Each night you'll miss my coming At your little cottage door.
10. "Dear Edward, I'll forgive you;" This was her dying request,
While her pulse had ceased their beating And her eye lids closed in death.
11. And now her eyes are closed And her body ceased to roam; Poor Ella has departed
From her friends and from her home.
64 THE WEXFORD GIRL (THE CRUEL MILLER) See Cox, No. 90 {A "The Tragedy;" B "Johnny McDowell"); Hudson, Journal, XXXIX, 125 {A and B "The Oxford Girl;" C "The Expert Girl;" D "The Shreveport Girl"); Belden, Journal, XXV, 11; Henry, Journal, XLII, pp. 247, 290; Mackenzie, Ballads and Sea Songs from Nova Scotia, No. 115; R. W. Gordon, New York Times Magazine, June 19, 1927. Hudson's version is included also in his Specimens of Mississippi Folk-Lore, Ann Arbor, 1928, No. 24. See also Flanders and Brown, p. 88.
"The Lexington Girl." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August 13, 1930, who says that she has "known the song all her life."

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