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Cut down in manhood's beauty; His life it had scarce begun. But he withered like a flower, For it was his time to go.
In stanza 3 the date is given as the "twenty-ninth of April, in the year of seventy-nine."
From the manuscript of Mrs. Russell Wood, Kalkaska, who obtained the song about 1915 from Mr. Charles Bail at Onaway, Michigan.
A text of fourteen stanzas of four lines each, similar to parts of A and B, except for stanza 14, which follows:
14 We laid him in his coffin; We laid him there to rest. His body is within the tomb; His soul is with the blest.
Obtained in 1933 from Mr. Charles Myers, Pentwater, who had acquired the song from hearing his father, Mr. Charlie Myers, an old lumberman ninety years of age, sing it as he had learned it in a lumber camp near Manistee.
A text of five stanzas very similar to A, except that the date is the ninth of April.

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