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"A sad farewell, kind mother dear,
We give the parting hand, To meet again on that fair shore
In Canaan's happy land.
"A tombstone at our head, mother,
The cold clay at our feet; The tears we have shed for you, mother,
Have wet these winding sheets."
Three ladies played at cup and ball,
With a hey! and my lily gay! Three knights there came among them all.
The rose it smells so sweetly.
And one of them was dressed in green, He asked me to be his queen.
And one of them was dressed in yellow, He asked me to be his fellow.
And one of them was dressed in red, He asked me with him to wed.
"But you must ask my father the King, And you must ask my mother the Queen,

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