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110 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
13.     When he was dead and in his grave,
Her heart was struck with sorrow: "0 Mother, Mother, make my bed, For I shall die tomorrow.
14.   "Hard-hearted creature him to slight,
Who loved me so dearly; 0 that I'd been more kind to him
When he was alive and near me!"
15.     She on her deathbed as she lay
Begged to be buried by him, And sore repented of the day That she did e'er deny him.
16.   "Farewell," she said, "ye virgins all;
And shun the fault I fell in. Henceforth take warning by the fall Of cruel Barbary Allen."
"Barbara Allen.'' Contributed by Mrs. Mary J. Shriver, of East St. Louis, Illinois. Learned in Warrick County, Indiana. November 30, 1935.
1.     In Scarlet Town where I was born
There was a fair maid dwelling, Made every youth cry, "Wellaway," And her name was Barbara Allen.
2.     All in the merry month of May
When the green buds were swelling, Sweet William came from the Western States And courted Barbara Allen.
3.     It was all in the month of June
When all things were a-blooming, Sweet William on his deathbed lay For the love of Barbara Allen.

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