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2. Come up closer to me, sister, let me lean upon thy breast, For the tide of life is ebbing and I fain would be at rest.
Bring the letters he has written, he whose voice I've often heard, Read them over, love, distinctly for I've cherished every word.
3. Tell him, sister, when you see him that I never ceased to love, For I, dying, prayed to Him in a better world above.
Tell him that I was supported and ne'er a word of censure spoke, But his silence and his absence, this poor heart has well nigh broke.
4. Tell him that 1 watched his coming when the noontide scene was high, And when at eve the angels set their starlight in the sky,
But when I saw he came not, tell him that I did not chide, But I spoke in love about him, and I blessed him when I died.
5. When in death's white garments you have wrapped my form around, And have laid me down to slumber in the quiet church yard ground, Place the letters and the pictures close beside my pulseless heart; We for years have been together and in death we will not part.
6.1 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. And ere you shall have finished, should I calmly fall asleep, Fall asleep to death and wake not; dearest sister, do not weep.
See Campbell and Sharp ("The Dear Companion"), No. 58; Spaeth, Weep Some Morey My Lady, p. 32; Sharp, Folk-Songs of English Origin Collected in the Appalachian Mountains (First Series), p. 41; Belden, A Partial List of Song-Ballads and Other Popular Poetry Known in Missouri', No. 88.
Obtained from Miss Mary E. King, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennes­see, August, 1930.
1. He once did love with fond affection And his heart was all for me, Until a dark haired girl proclaimed him And now he cares no more for me.

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