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The Ballad of the Waterfall
8. And then he saw his mistake:
That he had on the major's breeches: "And now I will return to my wife; Perhaps she has got better."
9. He jumped and caroused all over the floor. "Good Lord, how my breeches does glitter!"
My wife lay sobbing on the old------------
"With you I have been evil."
10. She cursed them breeches in her heart And wished [ them] to the devil. "Oh, ho! my dear wife, unto [= you] I wager, I'm as fit to wear these breeches as you are for the major.2
Obtained from Miss Mabel Hall, Guerrant, Breathitt County, Kentucky, January, 1932.
1.  Come, all you that have been in love, And sympathize with me,
For I have loved the fairest girl That ever you did see.
2. Her age, it was but seventeen; She was a figure fair and tall; She was a handsome creature; She wore a waterfall.
3.  The first time I saw her, I never will forget;
I went into a dry goods store, Some handkerchiefs to get.
4.  She stood behind the counter. A glance did on me fall.
I never saw a fairer face Nor such a waterfall.

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