My Little Dear, So Fare You Well, Lyric Variant 01


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My Little Dear, So Fare You Well, Lyric Variant 01


One leaf, typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The lower right corner was folded into the laminate.


Ballads, English Unrequited love -- Songs and music Betrayal -- Songs and music Death -- Songs and music

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Sing with Feeling. Alas! My Darling. Broken-Hearted. My Little Love. So Farewell. Come All Ye Girls from Adam's Race


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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My little Dear.

My little Dear, so fare-you-well.
You slighted me, but I wish you well.
You have broken my heart,
Oh, how can I from you depart?

The pain of love no tongue can tell,
No mind can think, no heart can swell.
I’ll tell to you in a few short lines,
It is worse than death ten thousand times.

I go to cry, to mourn, to weep.
With thoughts of you, I ne’er can sleep.
When all is done, and all is told,
My little dear, God bless your soul.

A many an hour I’ve spent with you,
But I never knew hat you was not true.
It breaks my heart to have to part,
To think of your deceitful heart.

My little love, my harmless dove,
You are the only one I love.
If you on earth I never more see,
I’ll never serve you like you have me.

And when I’m dead and gone to rest,
Remember the one that loved you best.
And when you are passing around my grave,
Ah think of the one that loved you brave.

Come , all ye run of Adam’s race,
I’ll tell to you my sad disgrace.
I’ve loved you long, I’ve loved you bold.
My little dear, God bless your soul.

When days are dark, and friends are few,
Remember me and I will you.
And if on earth we meet no more.
I hope we’ll meet on Canaan’s shore.

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My Little Dear, So Fare You Well, Lyric Variant 01

Document Title

My Little Dear

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 167

Dimensions - Original

216 mm x 357 mm

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Paul L. Robertson