Folk Songs from the Southern Highlands - online songbook

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10. Right straight home then I run; My master strangely on me gazed: "What's the matter, young Johnny?" he says, "You look as pale as death.
11. "You look like you've been running And almost spent for breath.
How came you by, young John," he says, "These trembling hands enfold?
12. "How came you, young John," he says, "These bloody hands and clothes ?"
I answered him immediate lie: "A-bleeding at the nose."
13. He stood; he strangely on me gazed, But no more he said.
I jerked a candle out of his hands And made my way to bed.
14.  1 lay there all that long night; I had but little rest;
I thought 1 felt the flames of hell Strike within my guilty breast.
15.  The very next morning by day-light Ten guineas I offered any man, Ten guineas I offered any man, This damsel they would find.
16.  The very next morning by sunrise, This damsel she were found, Floating by her brother's door
In Harry Fairy Town.
17.  Then her sister against me swore; Good reasons without a doubt: By coming there after dark, And calling her out.
18. "My Lord, my God, Look down on me
And pray receive my soul."

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