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Come, Pretty Polly
8. He threw her arms from him And threw her in the sea, Then mounted his horse And rode to Galilee.
9. Her brother went fishing
And found where her body sank. He dragged her to the water's edge And laid her on the bank.
10. They handcuffed John Lewis And placed him in the county jail. They surrounded little Oma, And laid her in her lonesome grave.
67 COME, PRETTY POLLY See Campbell and Sharp, No. 39; Kittredge, Journal, XX, 261; Wyman and Brockway, 79; New Jersey Journal of Education, March, 1926. For full history of this song see Cox's head-note to No. 89.
"Pretty Polly." Obtained from Granville Gadsey, who sang it at Guer-rant, Breathitt County, Kentucky, July, 1925.
1.1 saw a girl in London,
Her name I could not tell. I saw a girl in London, I love her so well.
2. Oh, wonder where is pretty Polly!
Oh, yonder she stands, Gold rings on her fingers, Her lily-white hand.
3. "Come along, pretty Polly,
Go along with me; Before we get married,
Some pleasure we'll see."

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