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"Then why so silly as to ask me to wed, When you can't earn your own corn bread? Single I am and single I'll remain, A lazy man I won't maintain."
" I won't be bound, I will be free,
I won't marry a man that don't love me;
Neither will I act the childish part,
And marry a man that will break my heart."
He hung his head as he went away, Saying, "Young woman, you'll rue the day, Rue the day as sure as you're born, To give me the mitten because I wouldn't hoe corn."
Young people, who delight in sin, I'll tell you what has lately been, A woman who was young and fair Has lately died in dark despair.
She would to frolic, dance, and play In spite of all her friends could say. "I'll turn to God when I get old, And then he will receive my soul."