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4. Tell him when you meet him, sister, That I never ceased to love,
And in dying I've prayed for him In a better world above. Chorus
5. Tell him that I was supported; Ne'er a word of censure spoke; Still his silence and his absence, This poor heart is almost broke.
6. When I'm dead and in my coffin, And my shroud around me wound, And my narrow bed is ready
On some pleasant church-yard ground, Chorus
7. Go and get those letters, sister; Press them closely to my heart And that little ring he gave me From my finger'll never part.
"Little Rosewood Casket." Obtained from Miss Mary E. King, Gatlin-burg, Sevier County, August, 1929.
1.  In that little rosewood casket That is resting on my stand, Is a package of old letters Written by a cherished hand.
2. Will you, sister, go and get them And read them o'er to me?
I have often tried to read them, But for years I could not see.
3. You have them, thank you, darling; Now sit down upon my bed.
And lift gently to your bosom My poor, throbbing, aching head.

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