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The change of mind expressed in stanzas 6, 7, 8, 9, does not appear in a Kentucky version reported by Professor Kittredge, Journal, XX, 273. Cf. also Journal, XXIX, 200 and "The Flying Cloud and 150 Other Old Time Poems and Ballads" by M. C. Dean, p. 108. Add "Twenty Kentucky Mountain Songs" by Wyman and Brockway, p. 94.
Obtained from a manuscript in the possession of Miss Mary E. King, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, August, 1931.
1. All in the scenes of winter And climb to frost and snow;
Dark clouds had gathered around me; The stormy wind did blow.
2. Last night I went my love to see And felt most scornfully;
1 asked that girl to marry; She wouldn't answer me.
3. This young man, he sat writing Until the break of day:
"I'm waiting for an answer, True-love, what do you say ?"
4. "Oh, if I have to answer you, I choose a single life;
I never thought it suitable For me to be your wife.
5. "The litde bird sings sweedy On every bush and vine;
My trouble would be doubled, If you were only mine."
6. In the course of three weeks later, This girl's mind did change;
She wrote her love a letter: "Kind sir, I feel ashamed.

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