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The True Lover's Farewell
Cf. stanzas 6, 7, 8 with Campbell and Sharp, No. 61; cf. also Sandburg, p. 98, stanza 4; Hudson, No. 112.
"Parting Sweethearts." Obtained from Ray Bohanan, Indian Gap, Route No. 15, Sevierville, Tennessee, August, 1929.
1.0 Lord, my dear, the time draws near That you and I must part; And no one knows the inward grief That attends my love sick heart.
2. But now, my love, you have gone away And I am left alone,
TIk re is no one near to hear my cry Or to ease me of my moan.
3.  There is one thing I do request, If I should be so bold;
To ask a room within your heart My secrets for to hold.
4.  My secrets for to hold, my love, Never to be removed;
Your name is there in secret wrote In letters made of gold.
5. Your name is there in secret wrote; Believe me what I say:
You are the boy that I love best Until my dying day.
6.  The crow that is so black Will surely turn to white;
If 1 prove false to you, my love, Bright day will turn to night.
7.  The Dements will turn,
If I prove false to you, my love; The Arralian sea will burn
8. Don't you see that little bird A-flying from pine to pine, Mourning for her own true love Just as 1 mourn for you.

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