Mrs. Betty Minnick
(And Mrs. Mary Briscoe)
May 1, 1951
Collected by Irene Carlisle
Reel 115 Item 1
"Sweet Willie's sick, and very sick,
And sent for you, Barbara Allen;
Kb better will he ever be
If he don't get Barbary Ellen"
So slowly, slowly she arose,
And slowly she went traveling;
And all she said when she got there:
"Young man, I think you're a-dying."
"I know I'm sick, and very sick,
And death is on me dwelling;
No better will I ever be,
If I don't get Barbro Allen."
"Don't you recollect that long summer day,
"While we 'as setting at the tavern,
You passed the wine to the ladies all around;
You slighted Barbry Allen."
"Yes, I recollect that long summer day,
while we 'as setting at the tavern;
I passed the wine to the ladies all around;
Give my heart to Barbry Allen."
She turned herself all around and about;
She came downstairs a-smiling,
Baying, "I might 'a' saved that young man's l i f e,
If I had been a-trying."
He turned his pale face up to the wall,
And he bursted out to crying,
Saying, "I will die with pure hard love;
Barbry Allen shall die with sorrow."
She had not got one mile from town
Till she heared the death-bell a-ringing;
with ever' stroke it seemed to say,
"Hard-hearted Barbry Allen!"
She had not got three miles from town
Till she spied the corpse a-coming;
"Go bring him here and lay him dawn,
And let me look upon him."
Barbara Allen Reel 115 Minnick 2
The more she looked, the harder she looked,
And she bursted out to crying;
"Sweet William died for me today,
And I shall die tomorrow."
Oh, Willie died on Saturday night;
Barbara Ellen on Easter Sunday;
The good old mother for the sake of the both,
She died on Easter Monday.
They planted a rose at Willie's feet,
And a briar at Barbro Ellen's;
They growed t i l l they tied in a true-love's knot,
The rose and the briar.
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