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5o                    POOR MARY SITS A-WEEPING
Oh, pray get up and choose one, and choose one, and
choose one, Oh, pray get up and choose one, down by the sea-side.
Now you're married, I wish you joy;
Father and mother you must obey;
Love one another like sister and brother,
And pray, young couple, come kiss one another.
—Colchester (Miss G. M. Frances).
VI. Poor Mary is a-weeping, a-weeping, a-weeping, Poor Mary is a-weeping on a fine summer's day.
What is she weeping for, weeping for, weeping for, What is she weeping for on a fine summer's day ?
She's weeping for her sweetheart, her sweetheart, her
sweetheart, She's weeping for her sweetheart on a fine summer's
day.
Pray get up and choose one, choose one, choose one, Pray get up and choose one on a fine summer's day.
Pray go to church, love; church, love; church, love; Pray go to church, love, on a fine summer's day.
Pray put the ring on, ring on, ring on,
Pray put the ring on, on a fine summer's day.
Pray come back, love ; back, love ; back, love ; Pray come back, love, on a fine summer's day.
Now you're married, we wish you joy; Your father and mother you must obey; Love one another like sister and brother; And now it's time to go away.
(Suffolk County Folk-lore, pp. 66, 67.)
VII. Poor Mary sits a-weeping, a-weeping, a-weeping,
Poor Mary sits a-weeping on a bright summer's day.
Pray tell me what you are weeping for, weeping for,
weeping for, Pray tell me what you are weeping for on a bright
summer's day ?







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