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350 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
ONE MORNING IN MAY
This is a version of "The Forsaken Girl," a song which in turn is related to the English "The Poor Stranger." See, for other versions, Cox, p. 279 ("The Rebel Soldier," an adaptation); Lomax, p. 292 ("Jack o' Diamonds"); Sharp, Folk-Songs of English Origin ... . , 2d series, p. 52 ("The Rebel Soldier," a Virginia text).
Communicated by Mr. 0. F. Kirk, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. Learned in Pike County from his mother. July 23,1936.
1. One morning, one morning, one morning in May
I heard a fair damsel lamenting and say, I heard a fair damsel lamenting and mourn,
Saying, "I am a poor stranger and far from my home."
0 William, 0 William, it is for your sake alone That I left my kind father, my country and home, That I left my dear mother, who for me now do mourn; For I am a poor stranger and far from my home.
2. You told me that you loved me, your heart lay in my breast,
And if we didn't get married you never more would rest; But now you are away and I am left to roam,
And I am a poor stranger and far from my home.
3. I'll build me a cottage on some green hill so high,
That the wild geese may see me as they are passing by; And the turtle dove may hear me and help me to mourn, For I am a poor stranger and far from my home.