Mary Celestia Parler;
Mrs. Evelyn Skaggs
October 2, 1954
Reel 211, Item 4
The Silver Dagger (no local title)
Come in, young man, please lend your attention,
To these few lines I'm a-goin' to write;
They're as true as ever a mansion,
Concerning a lad and a beauty bright.
Once there 'as a young man who courted a lady,
He loved her as his own dear life,
Oftimes, oftimes that he would ask her
If she'd be his lawful wife.
And when his parents came to know this,
They tried to part them night and day,
Saying, "Son, oh, son, don't you have her,
Fer she's a poor girl, her neighbors say."
And when this lady came to know this,
She wandered away from her cottage door,
Down by the side the clear flowin' river,
Her red and rosy cheeks for to view no more.
She pulled out a silver dagger,
Pierced it into her snowy white breast;
First she reeled and then she staggered,
Said, "Oh, my love, I'm goin' to rest."
"Prepare to meet me on Mount Zion,
Wher' sad partin's come no more";
Her lover bein' nigh to hear her,
He knew her own dear feeble voice.
He ran, he ran like one distracted.
Said, "Oh, my love, I fear you're lost";
He picked up the bloody body,
Rolled it o'er and in his arms.
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Two bright eyes like stars she opened,
Said, "Must you die with all your charms?"
He picked up the silver dagger,
Pierced it into his own broken heart,
Said, "Let this be a lawful warnin'
To all parents true lovers part."
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