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Unhappy Love
4    "O Mary dear, go and ask your mother If you my wedded bride might be; And if she says no, return and tell me, And 1*11 no longer trouble thee."
5    "O Willie dear, I dare not ask her, For I know she needs me here. You better go and court another And no longer linger here."
6    Willie drew a silver dagger, Thrust it into his aching heart, "Adieu, adieu, my dearest Mary, You and I forever part."
7    Mary picked up that blood-stained dagger, Thrust it into her lily-white breast, "Adieu, adieu, my dearest parents, Willie and I have gone to rest."
8    When her parents arose in the morning, They found how cruel that they had been,
For they caused the lives of those dearest children Now lie mould'ring in the tomb.
Willie and Mary
Sung in 1935 by Mrs. Charles Mucbler, Kalkaska. A text very similar to A, with minor differences and the omission of stanza 8.

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