My Dearest Dear, Lyric Variant 02


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My Dearest Dear, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf of lined paper handwritten in pencil on the front. The document is probably missing additional leaves. The document is in fair physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper right corner, the lower right corner, and the lower left corner were folded into the laminate. There is a major tear at the middle left edge. There is a significant tear at he middle right edge. There are four minor tears at the left edge. There is a minor tear at the lower right edge. There is minor fraying at the top edge. The document was folded horizontally in half, possibly for mailing.


Folk songs -- United States Love -- Songs and music Farewells -- Songs and music Birds -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

I Love You Well


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created



I. G. Greer


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There is a secret in my heart
A letter sealed with gold
There is a secret in my heart
A letter sealed with gold

A letter sealed with gold my love
Remember what I say
You are the girl that I
Love best until my dying day

The crow is so black my love
Altho it may turn white
If ever I prove false to you
Bright day shall turn to night
[ditto marks]
My love remember what
I say you are the girl
that I love best until
my dying day.

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My Dearest Dear, Lyric Variant 02

Dimensions - Original

136 mm x 216 mm

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Sarah C. Tonkin