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Unhappy Love
The brown girl having in her hand A knife both long and sharp Plunged it into fair Ellen's breast And entered it deep in her heart.
"O are you blind?" fair Ellen cried. "Or can you not well see? O don't you see my own heart's blood Go trickling down to my knee?"
He took the brown girl by the hand And led her across the hall, Took down his sword and cut off her head And kicked it against the wall.
"O dig my grave," Lord Thomas he said, "Dig it both wide and deep, And lay fair Ellen in my arms And the brown girl at my feet."
He points the handle towards the wall The sharp end towards his breast, Saying, "Here's the end of three true lovers; God send their souls to rest."
Sung by Mrs. Belle Nugent Loughlin, near Grattan, in 1935. Mrs. Loughlin, who was seventy-six years old in 1935, learned the song from men who worked for her fadier at Grattan about 1878.
A text of twelve stanzas somewhat similar to A except for the markedly differ­ent stanza one and the two lines of the fragmentary stanza seven.
7 He placed fair Eleanor by his right, And the brown girl at his left.

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