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Lonesome Dove
83 LONESOME DOVE
Cf. Shearin and Combs, p. 22; Barry, Journal, XXV, 276; Thomas, pp. 61, 162.
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"The Little Dove." Obtained from Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1930.
1. Down in some lonesome, piney grove; Down in some lonesome, piney grove; Down in some lonesome, piney grove; My litde dove she sets and moans.
2.  My little dove, you're not by yourself; My little dove, you're not by yourself; My little dove, you're not by yourself; For my dear Polly is by your side.
3.  I once, like you, I had a mate; I once, like you, I had a mate; I once, like you, I had a mate; But now, like you, I'm disalayed.
4.  Consumption seized my love so dear; Consumption seized my love so dear; Consumption seized my love so dear; And preyed on her for seven long years.
5. Her red, rosy cheeks, her pretty, blue eyes; Her red, rosy cheeks, her pretty, blue eyes; Her red, rosy cheeks, her pretty, blue eyes; Just like a rose that blooms and dies.
6. God bless them arms that bounds me round; God bless them arms that bounds me round; God bless them arms that bounds me round; Lie mouldering away in the cold ground.
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