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96          Ballads and Songs of Michigan
27 RINORDINE
The present text is confused and omits much of the story. For a version of seven stanzas, references, and a discussion of the origin of the song see Mackenzie, pp. 102-103. The song has been included in many songsters and also printed as a broadside. For the first stanza, with the air, see P. W. Joyce, Ancient hish Music (Dublin, London, 1906), p. 21. See also Eddy, No 193, and Thomas, pp. 108-109.
The version given here was sung in 1934 by Mr. Charles Muchler, Kalkaska, who said this was the first song he memorized as a child and that he had learned it from other school children.
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pm - ion, I                   fear yon are a         rake."
i One evening as I rambled two miles below Plimroy, I met a farmer's daughter all on the mountains high. She said, "Kind sir, be civil, my company forsake, For in my greatest opinion, I fear you are a rake.
2    "And if my parents it would know, my life they would destroy For the keeping of your company all on the mountains high." I says, "My pearl, I am no rake, brought up in deepest . . . I'm looking for concealment all in the judge's name.
Your beauty has ensnared me, I cannot pass you by,
And with my gun I'll guard you all on the mountains high."
3    This pretty little creature she fell into amaze.
Her eyes were bright as amber, upon me she did gaze.







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