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Happy Love                          153
54 THE RICH YOUNG FARMER
This song is also known as "William Hall," from the returned lover's name. For a fragment, a confused text, and references see Cox, pp. 326-327. See also Sharp, II, 239-242, and Thomas, pp. 84-85. Cf. Scarborough, pp. 264-266.
The present version was sung in 1934 by Mr E. W. Harns, Greenville, who learned the song in Missouri about 1866.
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i I will tell you of a brisk young farmer, Who was of credit and renown, Who courted as neat a little damsel Ever lived in Mansco town.
2    Her parents they got angry And unto her did say,
"We'll send him across the ocean wide Where his face you no more shall see."
3    He sailed the ocean o'er and o'er, Till he landed on his own native land,
And saying, "If Mary is alive and I can find her, I'll make her my lawful bride."
4   As I was traveling the streets, A cold drop of rain fell;
Just as it happened my true love I chanced for to meet.
5    "Good morning, good morning, my pretty little
fair miss, Do you think you could fancy me?"







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