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IV. Occupations
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THE DYING MILLER
This is an English broadside of the early eighteenth century. For an English text see Dixon, pp. 204-206. For references and texts somewhat similar to the Michigan form see Cox, pp. 450-454. See also Carter, JAFL, XLVI, 30-31; Eddy, No. 53; Scarborough, pp. 240-242; and Sharp, II, 221-223. The present version was sung in 1935 by Mrs. Charles Muchler, Kalkaska.
i A miller once dying among three sons, Called to him his eldest son: "Son, son, my life's most done. If I to you my mill will give, Pray tell me how you intend to live." Timmy ri faddle dum day.
2 "Father, you know my name is Dick; From every bushel I'll steal the peck, From every bushel that I do grind, And that is the best that I can find/9 Timmy ri faddle dum day.
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