Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

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Mary Aclon
Recited by J. F. Shedd of Mattawamkeag, Maine, and taken down by the editor, 1916. It was afterward sung by Mr. Shedd and his daughter. Mr. Shedd, who was over seventy years old, had taught it to his daughter when she was a little girl. Neither had seen a written or printed copy. When he recited Mr. Shedd gave:
There I met with a charming young creature.
When he sang it he said:
There I met with the squire's young daughter.
This last rendering was probably due to the anticipation of the fourth line following which is:
And now for the squire's young daughter.
Mr. Shedd said that the line given first by recital was the correct one.
i Come all you young lovers draw near, And the truth unto you I'll unfold. In sorrow I am left here bewailing; No comfort have I to behold,
2     Three months in a sad situation,
Confined in cold irons 'tis true; And for nothing but loving a fair one I fear I must bid vou adieu.
3      It was down by a green shady harbor,
Where the flowers were blooming so gay; There I met with a charming young creature; She exceeded the fair Queen of May.

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