Reel 331, Item 4 Cont'd
Coll. by Linda Lee Jones For M.C. Parler
Linda Lee Jones Huntsville, Ark. Jan. 10, 1960
Reel 331, Item 4
The Silver Dagger
Come both young and old and lend your attention To these few words I'm going to express.
They're just as true as ere was mentioned Concerning a fair and beautiful maid.
A young man courted a handsome lady.
He loved her as he loved his life He would oft-times go to her revowing That he would make her his lawful wife.
As soon as the parents came to know this They strived to part them day and night,
Saying son oh son, don't be so foolish,
She is too poor they would oft-times say.
The son got down on his knees before them, Saying Father, Mother, pity me,
Don't part from me my darling jewel,
For she is all this world to me.
As soon as the maiden came to know this She quickly resolved what she would do,
She wandered down some lonesome valley And there for death she did prepare.
She drew from her belt a silver dagger And pierced it through her own true heart Saying let this be a woeful warning For those who do true lover's part.
Young William by the roadside passing He thought he heard his true love's voice,
He ran he ran like one distracted,
Saying dearest love I fear you're lost.
Her coal black eyes like stars did open While she lay dying at his feet,
Someday we'll meet upon Mt. Zion,
Where all our joys will be complete.
He then picked up the bloody dagger And pierced it through his own true heart, Saying let this be a woeful warning For those who do true lover's part.Reel 331, Item 4, Cont'd
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A double coffin then was ordered
Their hands were placed on each other's breast.
Their bodies in their graves are lying
Their souls have gone to eternal rest.
Some day they'll meet upon Mt. Zion,
There to walk the golden street There to live in that fair city Where all their joys will be complete.
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