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222         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
86 THE VILLAGE PRIDE
For texts and references see Mackenzie, pp. 143-146.
Version A was obtained in 1916 by Miss Helen MacAlpine, a student u Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanu, from the singing of her father, Mi Duncan MacAlpine, Bad Axe; he was born in Canada, where in his youth he ha< learned the song from an old man, Mr. Alex MacLaughlin.
A
1   In bonnie, blithe, and fair Scotland Where bluebells they do grow, There lived a fair and comely maid Down in the valleys low.
2   And she had ofttimes heard it said, Whilst on the banks of Clyde, Although her cottage was mean and low, She was called the village pride.
3   An officer from Paisley town Went out to fowl one day,
And many times he wandered by Where Mary's cottage lay.
4   But little he thought so fair a flower Could grow and flourish there.
That officer came in one day, His face was decked with woe, Saying, "Mary, dearest Mary, It's from you I must go.
"Our regiment was ordered out, And I've received command To forsake these pleasant lowland shades For India's burning sands.
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"O Mary, dearest Mary,
Will you not be my wedded wife







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