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Happy Love                       187
This is an English broadside song which has been published in various Ameri­can songbooks and broadsides and has been orally collected in many fields. For references see Kittredge, JAFL, XXXV, 354-356, note. For additional references and texts see Cox, pp 379-381; Eddy, No. 46, Mackenzie, pp. 84-85, O'Conor, p. 68, Ord, pp. 406-407; Sharp, I, 399-401, Six Hundred and Seven­teen Irish Songs and Ballads, p. 39; and Stout, pp 44-45.
Version A was sung in 1934 by Mr. Seth Evilsizer, Alger, who had learned the song about seventy years earlier from a cousin living in Zanesville, Ohio.
There was a farmer's daughter, so beautiful I'm told; Her parents died and left her ten thousand pounds in gold. She lived with her dear uncle, the cause of all her woe. This maiden's tale you soon shall hear, and the cause of her o'erthrow.
Her uncle had a plowboy young Mary loved quite well, And ofttimes in the garden their tales of love they'd tell. There was a wealthy squire came ofttimes Mary to see, But Mary dearly loved her William on the banks of the Sweet Dundee.

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