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142 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
3.   "Well, I'll forsake my house carpenter
And go along with thee If you'll take me to the place where the grass grows green In the shade of the green willow tree."
4.     They had not sailed two weeks,
I'm sure it was not three, Till in her husband's hall she was sitting (!), A-weeping most bitterly.
5.   "Do you weep for gold?" he said;
"Or do you weep for fear?4 Or are you weeping for your house carpenter That you left when you came with me?"
6.   "I don't weep for gold," she said;
"I do not weep for fear, But I do weep for my two pretty babes That I left when I came with you."
7.     They had not sailed three weeks,
I'm sure they hadn't sailed four, Till over the deck in the lake she sprung,5 And her weeping was heard no more.
"The House Carpenter." Contributed by Dr. Claude Lomax, of Dale, Indiana. Spencer County. Secured from his mother, Mrs. Hettie Lomax, of Evansville. March 6, 1936.
1.   "Well met, well met, my nice young lady;
Well met, well met," said he. "I've just returned from the salt lake country, And it's all for the sake of thee."
2.   "Too late, too late, my nice young man ;
Too late, too late," said she, "For Fve just married a house-carpenter, And I think he's a nice young man."6
* Fear should be fee.
8 The lake of this line is evidently a corruption of the leak in the ship.
* For And a nice young man is Tie T

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