English Folk Songs From The Appalachian Mountains Series 2

By Cecil J. Sharp, With Pianoforte Accompaniment

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THE CRUEL MOTHER.
1. There was a lady near the town; Low so low and so lonely She walked all night and all around Down by the greenwood sidey
2. First she leaned against an oak; First it bent and then it broke.
3. Next she leaned against a thorn;
Two sweet little babes to her were born.
4. She g-ot a rope so long and neat,
And tied them down both hands and feet
5. She got a knife so keen and sharp, And pierced it through each tender heart
6. She walked out one moonlit night; She saw her babes all dressed in white
7. Babes, O babes, if you were mine I'd dress you up in silk so fine.
8. Mother, O mother, when we were thine You neither dressed us coarse nor fine.
9. In seven years you 11 hear a bell, In seven years you'll land in hell
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