Collected and transcribed by- Mary Celestia Parler
Sung by Mrs. Hallie Griffin Conway, Arkansas July 27, 1958
Reel 298, Item 5
A Charming Beauty Bright
Once I courted a charming beauty bright,
Upon her I placed my whole heart’s delight,
I courted her for love, and love I did obtain.
Oh, had I any reason at all to complain?
But when her parents came to know
That me and their daughter together would go,
They locked her up, they bound her, they chained her so
I never never more could lay hands upon my dear.
Three times a day to her window I would go To see if my love had forsaken me or no;
But when I got there, she gave me this reply,
Saying, I love the man that loves me, I will love him
till I die.
Away to the army I thought it best to go,
To see if I could forget my love or no;
But when I got there the armor shone so bright
The chiefest of my thoughts was my whole heart’s delight.
Seven months alone I thought I would serve my king,
At the end of seven months I returned home again;
When her mother saw me coming, she wrung her hands and
Saying, Once my daughter loved you and for your sake she
And there I stood like a man that was slain,
The tears from my eyes fell like showers of rain.
Come all ye true lovers, come pity pity me.
Come pity my misfortune and serve me as a ree.
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