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172 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
1. "Awake, arise, ye drowsy sleeper;
Awake, arise, 'tis almost day; And open wide your bedroom window,
Hear what your true love has to say."
2. "Who's there, who's thex*e at my bedroom window,
A-callin', callin' loud for me?" " yT is I alone, your own true lover; Awake, arise, and pity me.
3. "Go, love, go and ask your father
If you this night my bride may be. If he says 'no,' love, come and tell me ;
'T is the very last time I'll trouble thee."
4. "I dare not go and ask my father
While he's on his bed of rest, For by his side he has a weapon
To slay the one that I love best."
5. "Go, love, go and ask your mother
If you this night my bride may be; If she says 'no/ love, come and tell me;
*T is the very last time I'll trouble thee."
6. "I dare not go and ask my mother
Nor let her know my love's so near, But you must go and love some other And whisper gently in her ear."
7. "O Mollie, Mollie, dearest Mollie,
You've caused my tender heart to break; From North Carolina to Pennsylvania I've crossed the ocean for your sake.
8. "I'll go down by some distant river
And there I'll spend my days and years, And I'll eat nothing but the wilier,1
And 111 drink nothing but my tears."
9. "Come back, come back, my wounded lover;
Come back, come back, come back," cried she; "And I'll forsake my father and mother, And go along, along with thee."
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