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424         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
For discussion of an Irish folk song somewhat similar to this dialogue song see Barry, ]AFL, XXIV, 341-342. For a text and references see Mackenzie, p. 380. See also Brewster, JAFL, XLIX, 247, and Eddy, Nos. 119 and 120.
Version A was sung in 1931 by Mrs. Rachel Post, Belding, who learned the song at school, about 1868.
1    "Madam, I have come a-courting, O dear, O dear me.
It's not for pleasure nor for sporting, O dear, O dear me." *
2    <eYou have come at your own desire, Teoaddle ink-turn, tee-addle lay. You can sit and court the fire, Tec-addle ink-turn, tee-addle lay." x
3    "Here's a ring cost forty shillings, Thou shalt wear it if thou art willing.*'
1Thts refrain is repeated in alternate stanzas.

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