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Young Ladies
i. Come, all you fair and tender ladies, Take warning by me How you court young men; They are like bright stars Of a summer morning; They first appear and they be gone.
2.  They will tell to you some loving stories; Declare to you that they love you well; Straightway they will go and court some other. And that is the love they have for you.
3.  For I, myself, once had a true-lover; I thought, indeed, he was my own, But now he's gone and married another And left me here in tears to weep.
4.  I wish I'd a-knew before I'd a-courted That love had been so hard to gain;
I'd a-locked my heart in a box of golden; I'd fastened it down with a silver pin.
5. Oh, I wish I were some little sparrow! Oh, those that flies so high!
I'd fly away to my false true-lover; I'd sit down and grieve no more.
6.  I've not the wings of the little sparrow; Neither of those that flies so high;
I'll sit down in grief and sorrow, Grief and sorrow till I die.
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"The False Lover." Obtained from Miss Margaret Combs, Guerrant, Breathitt County, Kentucky, September, 1931. Stanzas 4, 5 and 6 are from "The Drowsy Sleeper." See Cox, No. 108.
1. Come, all you young and handsome ladies; Be careful how you court young men; They're like a star in a bright summer morning That first appears and then they're gone.
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