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212 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
6. Her lover being In a thicket near her,
Thought he heard his true-love's voice. He ran, he ran like one distracted,
Saying, "0 my love, I fear you're lost!"
7. He then picked up the bleeding body
And rolled it over in his arms, Saying, "Isn't there power or gold can save you, Or must you die with all your charms?"
8. He then picked up the bloody weapon
And pierced it through his own warm heart, Saying, "Let this be an old folks' warning, That young true-lovers can never part."
"The Silver Dagger." Contributed by Mrs. A. J. Hopkins, of Boonville, Indiana. Warrick County. August 3, 1935. With music.
1. Young men and maids, pray lend attention
To these few lines I'm about to write; It is as true as ever was mentioned
Concerning a fair and a beautiful bride.
2. A young man courted her to be his darling;
He loved her as he loved his life; And unto her he had often vowed
That he would make her only his wife.
8. Now when his father came to know this,
He strove to part them night and day, To part him from his own dear jewel; "She is poor," he would often say.
4. Now when the lady came to know this,
She quick resolved what she should do; She wandered off and left the city,
No more its pleasant groves to view.
5* She wandered down by a flowing river And sat herself down by a tree; She sighed and said, "0 shall I never, Never no more my true-love see.