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366 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
"Fuller and Warren." Contributed by Mrs. Kate Milner Rabb, special writer for the Indianapolis Star. Obtained in 1925 from a correspondent in Lebanon, Indiana. September 6, 1935.
1.     Ye sons of Columbia, your attention I do crave
While a sorrowful ditty I do tell That happened here of late in this Indiana state
Of a hero there's none doth excel. Like Samson, he courted and made choice of the fair,
Intending to make her his wife; But she, like Delilah, his heart she did ensnare,
And it cost him both his honor and his life.
2.     A gold ring he gave her in token of his love,
And on it was the image of a dove; And they mutually agreed to be married with speed,
And they promised by the powers above. But this fickle-minded maid she vowed again to wed
To young Warren, a liver in that place, Which was a fatal blow, for it proved his overthrow
And added to her shame and disgrace.
3.     For when Fuller came to hear he was deprived of his dear
Whom he'd vowed by the powers to wed, With his heart full of woe, unto Warren he did go,
And smiling, unto him this he said: "Young man, you have injured me to gratify your cause
By reporting I have left a prudent wife; Now acknowledge you have wronged me or I will break the
0 Warren, I'll deprive you of your life." [laws;
4.     Then Warren he replied, "Your request must be denied,
For my heart to your darling is bound; And further I can say this is our wedding day
In spite of all the heroes in town/' Then Fuller, by the passion of love and anger bound
(Alas, it caused many to cry!), For at one fatal shot he killed Warren on the spot,
And smiling said, "I'm willing now to die."

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