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428         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
177 A PAPER OF PINS
For somewhat related English texts see Baring-Gould and Sheppard, pp. 44-45; Halliwell, pp. 234-236; JFSSj II, 87-88, and VII, 92; Sharp and Marson, p. 35; and Williams, pp. 80-82. For more similar American texts see Brewster, JAFL, XLIX, 260-262; Eddy, No. 34; Flanders and Brown, p. 160, Fuson, pp. 82-85 and 152-153; Henry, JAFL, XLV, 118-119; Hudson, JAFL, XXXIX, 180-182; Pound, No. in; Scarborough, pp. 299-304; and Stout- p. 42. Version A was sung in 1934 by Mrs. Charles Muchler, Kalkaska.
1   "I'll give to you a paper of pins If that's the way our love begins, If you will marry, marry, marry, If you will marry me."x
2   "I won't accept the paper of pins If that's the way our love begins, For I won't marry, marry, marry, For I won't marry you."x
3   "I'll give to you a gown of red,
All stitched around with golden thread."
4   "I won't accept the gown of red,
All stitched around with golden thread."
5   "I'll give to you a team of witch,
As many black horses as I can hitch."
6   "I won't accept the team of witch, As many black horses as I can hitch."
7   "I'll give to you the key of my heart That we may love and never part."
8   "I won't accept the key of your heart That we may love and never part."
9   "I'll give to you the key of my chest
That you can have money at your own request."
1 This refrain is repeated in alternate stanzas up to stanza 10.







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