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A Package of Old Letters
ii. I am ready now, my sister; You may read the letters o'er; I will listen to the words of him Whom I shall see no more.
12. And ere you have finished, Should I calmly fall asleep, Fall asleep in death and wake not, Dearest sister, do not weep.
"The Little Rosewood Casket." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the sing­ing of Mrs. William Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July 16, 1930.
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 get them now, dear sister ? Will you read them o'er to me ? For oft times I've tried to read them But for tears I could not see.
3. Read these precious lines so slowly That I may miss not even one,
For the cherished hand that wrote them, His last work for me is done.
4. Tell him that I never blamed him; Not an unkind word was spoke. Tell him, sister, tell, oh, tell him That my heart was doubdess broke.
5. Tell him that I never blamed him Though he's proved to me untrue. Tell him that I'll never forget him Till I bid this world adieu.

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