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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana 287
7. "Retrace your way? No, never!
These woods you'll roam no more. No one on earth can save you; Pearl Bryan, you must die!"
8. Down on her knees before him
She pleaded for her life; Deep in her snow-white bosom He plunged a fatal knife.
9. "What have I done, Scott Jackson,
That you should take my life? You know I've always loved you, And would have been your wife.
10. "Farewell, my loving parents,
My happy peaceful home; Farewell, my dear old schoolmates; With you no more I'll roam.
11. "Farewell, my dear, dear sister,
My face you'll see no more; Long, long you'll wait my coming At the little cottage door."
12. And wrhile the birds were singing
So gaily all around, A stranger found Pearl Bryan, Cold, headless, on the ground.
"Pearl Bryan." Contributed by Mrs. C. H. Allardin, of McLeansboro, Illinois. Learned in Indiana. April 24, 1936. Nine stanzas.
"Pearl Bryan.n Contributed by Dr. Claude Lonsax, of Bale, Indiana-Spencer County. Obtained from Mrs. Earl UiklerML January 24, 19&& Five stanzas.