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The Wexford Girl
i. My tender parents brought me here Providing for my wealth; And in a town of wickedness He fixed me out a mill.
2. Here came a wanting lass; She had a wanting eye;
I promised her I'd marry her, And with her I did lie.
3. A very few weeks and afterwards Here came that lass again:
"I pray you, young John, you'd marry me; You've got me with a child."
4. Perplexed was I on every side; No comfort I could find
But to take my darling's life from her My wicked heart inclined.
5.1 went to my love's sister's house; It was getting late at night. But little did the poor creature think I owed her any spite.
6. "Come, take a walk with me, my dear; We'll pint the wedding day;" 1 tuk her by her lily-white hand; I led her through the field.
7.1 drew a stake then out of the fence; I hit her in the face; She fell on her bending knee; For mercy loud did cry: "I pray, young John, don't murder me, For I'm not fit to die."
8.1 kept putting on more and more. She did resign her breath, And wasn't I a crazy soul To put my love to death ?
9,1 tuk her by the hair of the head; I drug her through the field; I drug her to the river bank And plunged her in the deep.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III