Collected by Iola Stone For Mary Celestia Parler Transcribed by Iola Stone
Sung by Mrs. Susie Wasson Springdale, Arkansas August 8, 1959
Reel 284, Item 2
Young men and maids please lend attention,
To these few words I am going to say,
There just as true as ever mentioned,
Concerning a fair and handsome maid.
There was a young man who courted this maiden, He loved her as he did hi3 life,
He often came to her a vowing he would make her, His own and loving wife.
As soon as his parents came to know this,
They strove to part them day and night,
Saying: Son, of Son, don’t be so foolish,
She is too poor, they often said.
As soon as the maiden came to know this,
She soon resolved what she would do;
She wandered down a lonesome river,
And there far death she did prepare.
She then drew forth a silver dagger,
And pierced it through her own true heart,
Then first she reeled and then she staggered, Saying: Love, oh love, I have gone to rest.
Young William was by the road side passing,
He thought he heard his own love’s voice;
He ran, he ran, like one distracted,
Saying: Love, oh love, I fear you’re lost.
He then picked up the bloody body,
And turned it over in his arms,
Said: Neither gold nor silver can save you,
For you must die with all your charms.
(Cont’d)Silver Dagger Reel 284, Item 2 Continued
He then picked up the bloody weapon,
And pierced it through his own true heart,
Saying: Let this be a good true warning,
To those who keep true lovers apart.
A double coffin was directed,
Their hands were placed on each other’s breast;
Their bodies sleep in yonder church yard,
Their souls have gone to eternal rest.
One day they will meet up on Mt. Zion,
And there to walk the golden street,
Prepare to meet them up In Heaven,
Where all their joys will be complete.
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