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278 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
"False Lover." Contributed by Mrs. T. M. Bryant. Obtained from her aunt, Mrs. Mary J. Shriver, of East St. Louis, Illinois. November 15, 1935.
1.     In Oxford Town in Halifax fair
As I walked out to take the air, I viewed the hills and valleys round; At length I heard a doleful sound.
2.   "My father is a wealthy man;
My mother she is a lady fair, And me their child, their only heir;
False lover has brought me to despair.
3.   "I wish I was and I know where,
And I know who would be with me there. In my truelove's arms who once loved me Then happy, happy I would be."
4.     0 yonder she goes the meadow through,
Picking the flowers just as they grew; It's first the pink and then the blue
Until she gathers the meadow through.
5.     Out of those flowers she made her a bed,
A flowery pillow to ease her head; And as she lay down, 't was low she spoke, Saying, "O false lover, my heart is broke!
6.   "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 let this world know that I died for love."

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