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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana            103
9. "O don't you remember in yonder town When you were at the tavern, You drank a health to the ladies round, And slighted Barbara Allen?"
10.      As she was on her high way home,
The birds they kept a-singing;
They sang so clear they seemed to say,
"Hard-hearted Barbara Allen!"
11.      As she was walking o'er the fields,
She heard the death-bell knelling; And every stroke did seem to say, "Hard-hearted Barbara Allen!"
12.     She looked to the east, she looked to the west;
She spied his corpse a-coming: "Lay down, lay down that corpse of clay That I may look upon him."
13.      The more she looked the more she mourned,
Till she fell to the ground a-crying, Saying, "Take me up and carry me home, For I am now a-dying."
14.   "O Mother, O Mother, go make my bed;
Go make it long and narrow. Sweet William died for pure, pure love, And I shall die for sorrow.
15.   "Father, O Father, go dig my grave;
Go dig it long and narrow; Sweet William died for me today, I'll die for him tomorrow."
16.      She was buried in the old churchyard,
And he was buried a-nigh her; On William's grave grew a red red rose, On Barbara's grew a green briar.

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