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330 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
6.   "If anyone knows reason why
This couple should not wed, Speak now or hold your peace forever," So the preacher said.
7.   "I must object," the woman said,
In a voice so meek and mild; "The bridegroom is my husband, And this our little child."
8.   "What proof have you?" the preacher said;
"My infant," she replied. She raised the babe, and knelt in prayer; The little one had died.1
9.     The parents of the bride then took
The outcast wife and child; "We'll care for you through life," they said; "You've saved our child from harm."
10.     The parents, bride, and outcast wife
Then quickly drove away; The husband died by his own hand Before the break of day.
11.     No wedding feast was spread that night;
Two graves were made next day, One for the little baby,
And in one the father lay.
12.     The story has been often told
By firesides warm and bright
Of the parents, bride, and outcast wife
And the fatal wedding night.
1A variant stanza is
The statement of the woman
Was by the groom denied. She raised the babe, and knelt in prayer;
The little one had died.

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