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Forsaken Lover
2.  So go and leave me if you wish to; Never let me cross your mind; For if you think me so unworthy, Go and leave me, never mind.
3. It's many a night with him I wandered; It's many a evening with him I spent;
I thought his heart was mine forever, But I found I was only lent.
4. It's many a night while you lie sleeping Dreaming out your sweet repose; While I, poor girl, I'm broken hearted, Listening to the wind that blows.
5.  So go and leave me, if you wish to; And from me you will be free, For in your heart you love another And in my grave I'd rather be.
6. There's only three things that I wish for; That is my coffin, shroud, and grave;
And when I'm dead, love, come and see me, And kiss the heart you once betrayed.
Cf. Richardson and Spaeth, American Mountain Songs, p. 55 ("Meet Me in the Moonlight"). It will be at least interesting to compare the two songs.
Obtained from Miss Pauline Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, August 13, 1930.
1. They stood in the moon-light Near by the gate. "Good-bye, my darling,
I know you will wait."
2.  She ceased her weeping And smiled through her tears, Saying, "I've been true, love, Through all these long years."

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