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See Shoemaker, 3rd ed., p. 138; Spaeth, Weep Some More, p. 30; M. C Dean, The Flying Cloud, etc., p. 119.
"Narragansett Nell.",Obtained from Dr. D. S. Gage at Montreat, North Carolina, July, 1931.
1. Toll, toll the bell at early dawn of day For lovely Nell who quickly passed away. Toll, toll the bell so sad and mournfully
For bright-eyed, laughing, lovely Nell of Narragansett Bay.
2. The cord was quickly loosened; she soon was in the boat (No one there to guide her) and on the tide afloat.
The treacherous bark flew onward and swift before the wind While home and friends and all so dear were many a mile behind.
3. Next day her fair body was washed upon the beach;
I stood and looked upon her bereft of sense and speech.
Years since thus we parted, but still I weep today
For bright-eyed, laughing, little Nell of Narragansett Bay.
Cox, No. 116, quotes three variants that have been found in West Virginia under the titles, "Pretty Maumee," "The Little Maumee," and "The Pretty Maumee." See Eckstorm and Smyth, Minstrelsy of Maine, 230—33; Pound, No. 91; Wyman and Brockway, 5 2; New Jersey Journal ofEducation, February, 1926; Z&/*/., March, 1928; Hudson, Journal, XXXIX, 132; Henry, Journal, XLII, 282; Bradley Kincaid, My Favorite Mountain Ballads and Old-Time Songs, 1928, p. 38; Mackenzie, Ballads and Sea Songs from Nova Scotia, p. 155; Dean, The Flying Cloud and ijo Other Old Time Poems and Ballads, p. 17. Cf. also Tolman and Eddy, Journal, XXXV, 408; Belden MSS. (Missouri), Harvard College Library; Flanders, "Vermont Folk­songs" (Springfield, Mass., Sunday Union and Republican, Aug. 30, 1931); Fuson, p. 84; Thomas, p. 98.

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