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Unhappy Love                         83
This song of unknown authorship, thought to be based on fact, is current from Greenland southward through New England to Mississippi and westward to Missouri. For references and for an account of the murder of Pearl Bryan near Fort Thomas, Kentucky, 1896, see Cox, pp. 197-202. See also Eddy, Nos. 125 and 126; Flanders and Brown, pp. 59-60; Fuson, pp. 65-66; Greenleaf and Mans­field, pp. 365-366, Henry, ]AFL, XLII, 280; Hudson, JAFL, XXXIX, 11S-118; Spaeth, Weep Some More, My Lady, pp. 121-122; and Stout- p. 50.
Version A was obtained in 1916 by Miss Ruth Durfee, East Jordan, from her mother, who had learned the song near Hillsdale twenty-five years earlier.
1    Down by yon weeping willow, Where the violets fade and bloom, There lies my darling Flora, Now mouldering in the tomb.
2    She died not brokenhearted, Nor by disease she fell, But in one moment parted From all she loved so well.
3    One night the moon shone brightly; The stars were shining too.
Down by her cottage lightly Her jealous lover drew,
4    Saying, "Come, love, let us wander Down by the woods so gay; While wandering we will ponder Upon our wedding day."
5    Deep, deep into the forest He led his love so dear;
She said, "Love, 'tis for you only That I am wandering here.
6    "The way grows dark and gloomy, And Fm afraid to stay;
Of wandering I am weary And would retrace my way."

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