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Last night I was weeping, dear mother,
Last night I was weeping alone, This world seemed so dark and so dreary
My heart felt as heavy as stone. I thought of the lonely and loveless,
So lonely and loveless was I; I scarcely know why it was, mother,
But thought I was wishing to die.
Last night I was weeping, dear mother,
When Willie came down to the gate, And whispered, " Come out in the moonlight,
I've something to say to you, Kate." And, mother, to him I am dearer
Than all this wide world beside, For he told me to sit in the moonlight,
And called me his darling, his bride.
So now I will gather my roses,
And twine them in my long braided hair; And Willie will come in the evening
And smile when he sees me so fair. And down by the brookside we'll ramble
Way down by the great hawthorne tree; And, mother, I wonder if any
Were ever so happy as we.
Last night I was sleeping, dear mother, When Willie came down by the gate;

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