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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana              63
14. The Brown Girl she had a little pen-knife, The blade both keen and sharp; Betwixt the long ribs and the short She pierced Fair Eleanor's heart.
15.   "0 is thou blind, Lord Thomas?" she said,
"Or canst thou very well see? For don't you see my own heart's blood Go trickling down my knee?"
16.     He took the Brown Girl by the hand
And led her through the hall; He took his sword, cut off her head, And flung it against the wall.
17.     He put the shank against the ground,
The point against his breast, Saying, "This is the end of three true lovers; God, send their souls to rest!"
18.   "Mother, O Mother, go dig my grave,
And dig it both wide and deep ; And place Fair Eleanor in my arms And the Brown Girl at my feet."
"Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor." Contribnted by Mrs. Richard Sulli­van, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. Learned in Warrick County from her mother more than fifty years ago. September 25, 1935.
1.   "O Mother, O Mother, come riddle me this;
Come riddle me two in one, Whether I shall marry Fair Eleanor dear Or bring the Brown Girl home?"
2.   "The Brown Girl she has house and lands;
Fair Eleanor she has none; Before you shall grant any of those blessings10 Go bring the Brown Girl home."
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