Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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That Neddy the garden could nicely spade, And Ann was ahead at school.
5    Ben slowly passed his toilworn hand Through his locks of grayish brown.
"I will tell you, Kate, what I think," said he, "We are the happiest folks in town." "I know," said Kate, "that we all work hard; Work and health go together, I have found, For there is Mrs. Bell does not work at all, And she is sick the whole year round.
6    "They are worth their thousands, so people say, But I never saw them happy yet;
It would not be me that would take their gold
And live in a constant fret.
My humble home has light within
Mrs. Bell's gold could not buy,
Six healthy children and a merry heart,
And a husband's love-lit eye."
7    I fancied a tear was in her eye,
For the moon shone brighter and clearer;
I could not tell why the man should cry
As he hitched up to Kate still nearer.
He leaned his head on her shoulder there;
He took her hand in his;
And I guess that though I looked at the moon just then
That he left on her lips a kiss.

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