Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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70          Ballads and Songs of Michigan
4   A horse and a sidesaddle my father did provide
In hopes to get me married and be young Spencer's bride. A horse and sidesaddle my father did prepare With six noble footmen to wait on me there.
5   So we rode all along till we came to Belfast town; Our horses being stabled and our footmen seated down. While they were at their merriment, I had my own toil, For my heart lies at home with my young Johnny Doyle.
6    By my eldest brother I was conducted home;
My mama she conducted me into my own bedroom. My own bed being the softest my head I did lay down, For to seek consoling sorrow, my body it was found.
7   "Now close the door, dear mama, don't you let Spencer in. Now close the door, dear mama, don't you let Spencer in, For tonight is the night that he means to enstnve,
But he'll never gain the girl that's intended for his bride."
8                      ..........
"I will send for Johnny Doyle for you, my own darling
child." "Yes, you'll send for Johnny Doyle, mama, but I fear it
is too late, For death is coming and sad is my fate.
9   "Now death you are coming; you are welcome to me. From the pains of love I'm sure you'll set me free. There's more trouble in my mind than any poor tongue
can tell, These are my dying words, 'Johnny Doyle, farewell'"
io The day of Molly's funeral it was a lovely sight.
There was four and twenty fair maids all dressed up in
white. They took her to St. Mary's church and laid her in the soil. Here's a long and a last farewell to you, Johnny Doyle.

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