English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Early, Early in the Spring
2   When I came back to her father's hall, Enquiring for my jewel all,
Her cruel old father this replied: Her mamma says O if you deny.
3   O she has married another man, A richer man for all his life,
A richer man for all his life,
O he has made her his lawful wife.
4  O God curse gold and silver too
And all false women that won't prove true; For some will take and then will break All for the sake of richeree.
5   O stop, young man, don't talk too fast, The fault is great, but none of mine ; The fault is great, but none of mine; Don't speak so hard of the female kind.
6  O if you had gold you might have part,
But as I have none you have gained my heait; You have gained it all with a free good will, So keep my vows and hold them still.
7   O since hard fortune around me frowns, I'll sail the ocean around and around; I'll sail the ocean till I die,
I'll quit my ways on a mountain high.