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56 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
5.   "Bury my Bible at my head,
My satchel1 at my feet, My little bow and arrow at my side When I am sound asleep."
6.   "What will you tell our dear mamma
When you go home in the evening ?" "I'll tell her poor John is dead and gone, Never to return/'
7.   "What will you tell our dear papa
When he comes home in the morning?" "I'll set my foot on yonder ship And sail away to sea."
8.     We'll mourn the green leaves from the trees,
The hummingbirds from their nests; Poor mournful John is dead and gone, Never to return.
"The Two Brothers.'7 Contributed by Mrs. Nancy E. Brewster, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. March 8, 1935.
1.     Two little schoolmates going to school,
What pretty schoolmates are they! If we were only along with them,
What pretty schoolmates we'd be!
2.   "Oh, Brother, can you roll the stone,
Or can you throw the ball?" "I am too little; I am too young; I cannot play at all."
3.     He caught him by the coat collar
And bore him to the ground; Then out he took a little sword
And gave him a deadly wound.
1 For psalter.

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