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06 Ballads and Songs of Michigan
rom the Rowell manuscript.
i One morning as through the village churchyard I did stray I spied a fair creature came passing that way. Her eyes were like diamonds, her teeth were like pearl, Her cheeks were like roses, and her hair hung in curls. I stepped up to her and stood by her side, Said I, "My fair creature, would you be my bride?" "Go home and ask mother if you mean what you say." I gained and emigranted with my own Kitty Gray.
For she looked like an angel although she was poor, That sweet charming creature I ne'er shall see more. From her lonely poor mother I led her astray; She's gone, she's dead now, my poor Kitty Gray.
2 To her mother's poor cottage we then did prepare; A sweet morning meal with me then did share. They told me sad stories which caused me much pain, That her father was dead, in the war he was slain. And take the sweet daughter and make her my wife. The mother consented to all I did say,
And by flattery and deception I won Kitty Gray.
3 I took her to London with carriage and fair; I dressed her in jewels and satin so rare.
When she found I deceived her and led her astray, With the babe in her arms o'er this wide world to roam, I caused her a tear and I caused her a frown. The mother and babe both laid down and died; By flattery and deceptions as I won Kitty Gray.