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156         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
4    And then she jumped for joy and cries, "This is the man. Pray tell me, is he well, sir? And do no longer stand."
" Twas your love, Johnny German, that died six months ago."
5    Then she wrung her hly-white hands; the tears rolled down
her cheeks. Her heart was filled with sorrow; not one word could she speak, But straight unto her chamber and all alone did he, With many a silent mantle to sink her soul and die.
6    Then away went this young man; his heart was filled with woe To think how he had grieved her and how she loved him so. He dressed himself in scarlet red, and back to her he came With a joyful resolution to comfort her again.
7    "Arise, my pretty Polly, and open the door for me. I've come to bring you tidings of Johnny o'er the sea." She arose just for to oblige him and stood amazed to see, When who but Johnny German could this young sailor be?
8    "O base and cruel Johnny, how could you serve me so ?" "0 don't abraid me, Polly, I'll ne'er no more do so.
I did so for to try your love, to see if you were true; There never was a turtle dove that ever exceeded you.
9    "Farewell to the famous Rainbow since Polly stole my heart. If this is the way she conquers, she'll more than do her part. She's brighter than the morning sun, far sweeter than the rose, And like some lovely blossom her beauty blooms and blows."
A separate sheet in the Gernsey manuscript, with the heading "Ionia Co. Mich., March 6th, 1892." A text of nine stanzas similar to A.

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