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"For fear that I should courage lack
And try to save myself, Pray tie my hands behind my back."
"I will," replied his wife. She tied them fast, as you may think,
And when securely done, "Now stand," says she, "upon the brink
And I'll prepare to run,
And I'll prepare to run."
And down the hill his loving bride
Now ran with all her force To push him in—he stepped aside
And she fell in of course. Now splashing, dashing, like a fish,
"O save me, Johnny Sands." "I can't, my dear, though much I wish,
For you have tied my hands,
For you have tied my hands."
A man whose name was Johnny Sands
Had married Betty Hodge, And though she brought him gold and land,
She proved a terrible pledge, For 0 she was a scolding wife,
And full of whines and whims. He said that he was tired of life
And she was tired of him.