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Ballads and Songs
6. You have finished now, dear sister; Will you read them o'er again ? While I listen to you read them;
I will lose all sense of pain.
7. While I listen to you read them, I will gently fall asleep,
Fall asleep to wake with Jesus. Oh, dear sister, do not weep.
8. When I am dead and in my coffin, And my shroud's around me bound, And my little bed is ready
In the cold and silent ground,
9. Place his letters and his locket, Place together o'er my heart; But that little ring he gave me, From my finger never part.
Obtained from Ray Bohanan, Indian Gap, Route #15, Sevierville> Tennessee, July, 1929.
1.  There is a package of old letters In a little rose-wood box With the key tied to the locket, Worn upon my heart unlocked.
2. Will you go and get the package, And the letters read to me;
1 have tried to do it often, But for tears 1 could not see.
3. You have brought them, thank you, darling; Now sit down upon my bed
And lift gentle to your bosom My poor, burning, aching head.
4. Read the blessed words distinctly That I lose not even one.
Oh, the blessed hand, that penned them! His last work for me is done.

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