Merlin Mitchell, Collector Reel 44 Item 1
Transcribed by Irene Carlisle
Mrs. Dan McCracken
April 4, 1950
(The Silver Dagger)
Come, young gentlemen and young ladies,/and a story I will tell
Of a young man and a young lady;/oh, they loved each other so well.
When her cruel parents came to know this,/they tried to part them
day and night;
They tried to part her from her own true lover;/ "He's poor, he's
poor !" they would often cry.
And on her bending knee she pleaded,/ saying, "Oh, kind parents,
How can I part from my own true lover?/Without him, what's this
world to me?"
She turned her back on all that city,| to view the fields and
She wandered off by some still water,/ and under the shade of a
tree sat down,
Saying, "Oh, shall I ever enjoy this comfort? | Shall I ever see
ray own true love?
How can I part my own true lover?| Without him, what's this
world to me?"
She then pulled out a silver dagger,\ and placed it through her
And in a moment began to stagger,\ saying, "Oh, my love, I'm going
Her love not being but a few 3teps behind her,
He heard her sorrowful dying moan;
He ran over there like a man distracted,\saying, "Love, I'm
ruined, lost, left alone."
She opened her blue eyes upon him,| saying, "Oh, my love, you've
come too late.
Prepare to meet me on old Mount Zion,| where all our joys will be
He then picked up the bloody weapon; | he pierced it through his
Saying, "Let this day be a day of warning/to all who do true
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