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24 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
5.   "Go tell him to reap it with a sickle of leather,
Rivers and seas are merry in time, And bind it all up in a peafowl feather, Then he shall be true lover of mine.
6.   ".......................................
Bind it all up and cart it all home, Then he shall be true lover of mine.
7. "Go tell that old fool when he's done his work, Rivers and seas are merry in time, To bring me my corn and I'll give him his shirt, Then he shall be true lover of mine."
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No title given. Contributed by Mrs. Thomas M. Bryant, of Evansville, Indiana. Vanderburg County. January 2, 1936.
1.   "As you go out to yonders town,
Every rose grows merry in time, Give my respects to that young lady; Then she shall be a true lover of mine.1
2.   "Tell her to make me a cambric shirt,
Every rose grows merry in time, And make it without any needle-work; Then she shall be a true lover of mine.
3.   "Tell her to wash it in yonders spring,
Every rose grows merry in time, Where water never flows nor never's been seen ; Then she shall be a true lover of mine.
4.   "Tell her to hang it on yonders thorn,
Every rose grows merry in time, That's never been budded since Adam was born ; Then she shall be a true lover of mine.,,
1 The last two lines of each stanza are to be repeated.








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