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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana
5.     And when her father he came home,
He said, "Where has my daughter gone?" He went upstairs; the door he broke, And found her hanging upon a rope*
6.     He took his knife and cut her down,
And on her breast these lines he found: "0 what a silly girl am I,
To hang myself for a butcher boy!
7.   "Go dig my grave both wide and deep;
Place a marble stone at my head and feet, And on my breast a turtle dove
To show this world I died for love."
"The Butcher's Boy." Contributed by Mrs. Hiram Vaughan, City, Indiana. Gibson County. March 7, 1935.
1.     In Jersey City where I did dwell
A butcher's boy I loved so well; He courted me my life away,
And now with me he will not stay.
2.     There is a girl in this very same town
Where he goes right up and sits right down ; He takes this strange girl on his knee And tells her things he won't tell me.
3.     I have to grieve, I'll tell you why;
Because she has more gold than I. But her gold will melt and her silver will fly, And some day she'll be as poor as I.
4.     I went upstairs to go to bed,
And nothing to my mother said. My mother she did seem to say,
"What is the matter, my daughter dear?'

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