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For somewhat similar texts see Sharp, II, 226-227. See also Btdlettn, I, 7; Christie, II, 6-7; Ord, p. 176; and Owens, JAFL, XLIX, 225-1227.
The present version is from the Lambertson manuscript. Mr. John and Mr. Charles Lambertson both remembered hearing their mother sing this song.
1    Come all young men of a rambling nature, Come listen to my mournful song.
I loved a fair maid beyond my duty; I loved her more than the common run.
2   The widow's daughter, her name was Nancy, She dressed in silks and satins fine;
On her I had the greatest fancy I ever had on womankind.
3   One day when I went in to see her I offered her the marriage ring.
scornfully she did me answer; "I never thought on such a thing.
4   "Begone, begone, thou deluded fellow, Come here no more to trouble me;
Put on your suit of the gold-green willow, For your true love I'll never be."
5   "Nancy, Nancy, don't you remember The protestations you've made to me?
If some other young man should chance to win you,
hope you'll suffer as well as me."
6   Nancy's now married to the Prince Oswego, A rambling fellow rides through the town. Her husband don't in the least regard her; Her haughty pride it soon came down.
7   One day as she sat in her window One oŁ her neighbors heard her say, "My husband don't in the least regard me, He follows gambling both night and day."

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