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348 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
90 THE TRUE LOVER'S FAREWELL
Other texts of "The True Lover's Farewell" or "Turtle Dove" will be found in Belden's Missouri collection; Campbell and Sharp, No. 61; Cox, p. 413; Butterworth, Folk Songs from Sussex, p. 20; Hammond, Folk-Songs from Dorset, p. 34; Hudson, Folksongs, p. 170; Journal, XLIV, 96; XLV, 77; JFSS, II, 55; III, 86; IV, 286; Sandburg, p. 98; Sharp, One Hundred English Folk-Songs, No. 55; Sharp, English Folk Songs, I, 92; Sharp and Marson, Folk-Songs from Somerset, II, 26. See Modern Lan­guage Review, VI, 514 f. for a discussion by Shearin of the connection of this song with Burns's "Red Red Rose."
"The Crow Is Black." Contributed by Mrs. Mary J. Shriver, of East St Louis, Illinois. Learned in Indiana from the singing of her father, Mr. Stephen Cox. Warrick County. "This is an old song my father sang fifty years ago." November 30, 1935.
1. 0 to me the time draws nigh
When you and I must part; But little do you think or know The grief of my poor heart.
Chorus
The grief of my poor heart, my love, The grief of my poor heart; But little do you think or know The grief of my poor heart.1
2.     Sure I am troubled for your sake
Since you I loved too, dear; I wish that I could go with you, Or that you could stay here.
3.     Your company, my dearest dear,
Most charming it is to me; It appears to me when you're away That every day is three.
4.     That every hour (day?) is three, love,
And every hour is ten; It causes me to weep when I might sleep, And say I lost a friend.
*The last two lines of the chorus are always the last two lines of the preceding stansi








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