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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana             61
16.   "Dear Mother, dear Mother, go dig my grave;
Go dig it both wide and deep.
And bury Fair Ellendar in my arms,
The Brown Girl at my feet."
17.     He turned the heel6 unto the wall,
The point unto his breast, Saying, "Here is the end of three true lovers; Lord, take us home to rest!"
"The Brown Girl." Contributed by Mrs. Thomas M. Bryant, of Evans-ville, Indiana. Vanderburg County. Learned from the singing of her grandfather in Warrick County. November 16, 1937.
1.     Lord Thomas he was a bold forester,
A tracer7 of the king's deer; Fair Eleanor was a fine young lady, Lord Thomas he loved her dear.
2.   "0 Mother, dear Mother, come read my riddle,
And riddle it all in one, Whether I shall marry fair Eleanor Or bring the Brown Girl home?"
3.   "The Brown Girl she has money a-plenty;
Fair Eleanor she has none; Therefore I charge thee with my blessing To bring the Brown Girl home."
4.     He rode till he came to Fair Eleanor's bower,
And rattled at the ring;
And who was so ready as she
To arise and let him in?
5.   "What news, what news, Lord ThomasV she said;
"What news have you brought unto me?" "Sad news, for I've come to invite you To my wedding dinner this day."
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