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173 THE WOOING
For references to English and American texts see Cox, pp. 465-466 See also Brewster, }AFL, XLIX, 247; Randolph, pp. 216-219; Scarborough, pp. 304-308; and Sharp, II, 249-251.
Version A was sung in 1934 by Mr. E. W. Harns, Greenville, who learned the song in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, about i860.
1    "Madam, I have come to marry you And setde in this town;
My whole estate is worth Ten thousand pounds. Which I will will to you, If you will be my bride."
2   "O that's enough for me, I don't desire you."
3    "O madam, I have a very fine house, All neat and rectified,
Which you may have at your command If you'll but be my bride."
4   "I know you have a very fine house Besides a clever barn,
But you're too old to think to hold A bird with a single yarn."
5   "O madam, I have a very fine horse, Whose face is like the tide,
Which you may have at your command If you'll but be my bride "
6   "I know you have a very fine horse, Which you keep in yonders barn, But his master likes a glass of wine For fear his horse might learn."







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