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314 Ballads and Songs of Michigan
Sung And he told his daughter Betsy
To stay up in the chamber so high Till she saw her loving father In his ship sailing by.
Recited Lord Arnold comes home and sees his infant lying dead at the gate.
Sung And he ran to the castle, And he opened the door, And he saw his loving lady Lying dead on the floor.
Recited The daughter had to hold a silver basin for to catch the child's blood or the mother's blood.
Sung "It's father, O father, Don't you blame me, It was false Lamkin and false nurse That murdered mama."
False Lamkin was hung On the gallows so high; While false nurse she was burned In a fire nigh by.
Obtained in 1931 by Miss Helen Jackson, a colored student in Wayne University, Detroit, from the singing of Mr. Wendell Murphy, who had learned the ballad from his mother; he did not know her nationality.
1 Said the Lord to his Lady When he went from home, "Take care of Billie Lamkin, For he'll be around."
2 "What care I for Lamkin Or any of his kin
When my doors are fast bolted, And windows pinned in?"