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328 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
Only the following fragment of "Little Sparrow" has been found in this state. For other American texts, see Belden, No. 88; Campbell and Sharp, II, 128; Cox, p. 419; Hudson, Folksongs, p. 167; Journal, XLIV, 100; McGill, p. 23; Sharp, American-English Folk-Songs, 1st series, p. 32; Shearin and Combs, p. 26; Thomas, p. 82; Wyman and Brockway, p. 55; Cambiaire, East Tennessee and Western Virginia Mountain Ballads, p. 61.
No title given. Sent in by Mrs. Dora Ward, of Princeton, Indiana. Gibson County. November 16, 1935.
1.     Once, like you, I had a true-love
Who vowed and declared he loved me true; Then he went away and married another, And that is the love they have for you.
2.     I wish I was a little sparrow,
One of those kind that flies so high; I would fly away to my true-love's window, And there I'd talk as he passed by.
3.    'But I am not a little sparrow,
Neither have I those wings to fly; So F1I set me down in grief and sorrow And try to find some way to die.

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