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For a similar text, one stanza shorter, see Henry, JAFL, XLV, 122-124. The present version is reprinted from Mr. Russell Gore, The Detroit News, April 29. 1934. PP. 7> 10.
1    When I was scarce sixteen years of age, A damsel in my prime,
I really thought of a wedded life And just so at that time. I really thought of a wedded life, And just so at that time.
2   I gazed upon a blooming youth; To marry was my plan,
And very soon I married was To my good-lookin' man.
3   But scarce three weeks we'd married been, One Sunday afternoon,
As the sun went down and the ground shone
dark, Out went our honeymoon.
4   My husband by himself walked out; To follow was my plan,
And very soon a lady I spied, With my good-lookin' man.
5   Their kiss was sweet embrace of love, Long stories they did tell;
Says I, "Young man, when you come home, I'll tan your hide right well"
6   They didn't discover me at once, As you should understand;
So home I went just for to wait For my good-lookin' man.
7 Just as the clock was striking ten My gentleman walked in,

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