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39o Ballads and Songs of Michigan
7 Kate knew when every night he came From his new love, Nancy by name, Sometimes at ten o'clock or more.
8 Kate to a lonesome field did stray,
And when she'd wrapped herself therein,
Her new trick she did begin.
At length the clothier came that way.
9 He was sorely frighted at her; She looked so like old Luciferó A hairy hide, horns on her head, Which near three feet in sunder spread,
10 At that he saw a long black tail;
He strove to run but his feet did fail; And with a drum, both doleful note, Kate seized him by the throat
ii And says, "You leave poor Kate, I hear, And court the lawyer's daughter dear; And you will, whether or no, Into my gloomy regions go.'*
12 This voice did sore affright him, And kneeling on his trembling limbs And crying, "Master Devil, spare me now, And I'll preform my former vow."
13 "See that you do," the devil cried,
"And make young Kate your lawful bride. If Kate against you doth complain, Soon from me you shall hear again."
14 And Kate never let her parents know Nor any other friend or foe,
Till she a year had married; then She told it at her lying-in.
15 It pleased the women to the heart; They said she freely played her part;