collected by sung by Mrs. Montie Martin
Brenda Jo Upton Jasper, Arkansas
April 24, 1962
Come old and young please lend attention,
To these few lines I'm about to write.
They are as true as could be mentioned Concerning a true and a lawful wife.
This young man courted a handsome lady,
He loved her as dear as he loved his own life.
And in his vows he would oft times mention,
I'll make you my true and lawful wife.
This young man's parents came to know this,
And started to part them day and night.
Saying son, oh son, don't be so foolish,
She is too poor, they'd oft times say.
This young girl she came to know this And decided what to do.
And they she started away from the village,
This pleasant grove no more to view.
She took with her a silver dagger
And pressed it to her snowy white breast.
Saying prepare to meet me on Mt. Zion,
Oh fare-ye-well I'm going to rest.
Her true love being the roadside near her,
He thought he heard his true loves voice.
And then he started straightway to her saying, "Love, oh love, I'm afraid you're lost."
He picked all up the bleeding body and rolled it O'er in his arms.
Saying neither gold nor friends can save you,
You're lost you're lost, with all your charm.
He picked all up the bloody weapon And pressed it to his own true heart.
Saying, "Let this be a woeful warning,
That no true lovers ever part."
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