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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana           107
3.     He sent a servant to the place
Where Barbara was a-dwelling: "My master says for you to come there If your name be Barbara Allen/'
4.     Then slowly, slowly she rose up
. And slowly she went to him, But the only words she had to say
Were, "Young man, I think you're dying."
5.   "I know I'm sick and very sick
And death is in me dwelling, And I shall never see my time again If I don't get Barbara Allen."
6.   "I know you're sick and very sick
And death is in you dwelling, And you never will see your time again, For you won't get Barbara Allen.
7.   "You remember on the other day
When you were all a-drinking You filled your glass and you handed it around, And you slighted Barbara Allen."
8.     He turned his pale face to the wall;
He turned his back upon her: "Adieu, adieu, to the ladies all,
And woe unto Barbara Allen."
9.     She mounted on her milk-white steed
And she rode through town a-sailing,1 And every house that she passed by Said "Woe unto Barbara Allen!"
10. She scarce had gone one mile from town
When she heard the death-bell tolling; She looked to the east and she looked to the west And she spied the cortege2 coming.
1This is an unusual tcrach, and an interesfcinar one. a Literary influence seems evident here.

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