Mary Celestia Parler
Sung by Mrs. Clara Phillips
April 4, 1954
Reel 197, Item 1
(The Silver Dagger)
Come, all you fair and tender ladies,
Be careful how you court young men,
They're like a star on a bright spring morning,
They first appear and then they're gone.
They'll tell to you some lovely stories,
They'll tell to you their love is true,
They'll go straightway and court some other,
And that is the love they have for you.
Come all you fair and handsome gentlemen,
Listen to these lines I'm a-going to write,
Considering one whose one whose name I don't mention,
courted a fair and a beauty bright.
When her old parents came to know this,
They strove to part me and my own truelove,
Saying, "Daughter, daughter, please don't marry,
You're most too young, and your love you don't know."
Then upon her bending knees before them,
Saying, "Cruel parents, pity me;
If me and my truelove don't marry,
What will this whole world be to me?"
She walked around and about the city,
And viewed some shady groves around,
She sailed across the deep clear water,
And under the shade of a tree sit down.
She first took out a silver dagger,
And pierced it in her tender breast,
And at last she begin to reel and stagger,
Saying, "Oh,truelove, I'm going to rest."
Her truelove being not far behind her,
Hearing of these mournful cries,
Came running forth like a man distracted,
She opened up her bright blue eyes.
Saying, "Oh, truelove, you have come too late.
"pepare to meet me on mount Zion,
Where we'll clasp sad hands at the Golden Gate."
He gathered up the bloody weapon,
And pierced it in his tender heart,
Saying, "Let this be an awful warning,
To all true loves cruel parents part."
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