#01915
Come, Love, Here's A Letter (MacEdward Leach)

Come, love, here's a letter, it's the last one I'll send,
And with love's careless bondings they are now to an end;
They are now to an end, they are now to an end,
And with love's careless bondings they are now to an end.

Oh, now I am lying all on the damp ground,
My head lies a fountain and the blood's flowing down;
And the blood's flowing down, and the blood's flowing down,
My head lies a fountain and the blood's flowing down.

Oh, now I am wounded and wounded full sore,
And the wounds I've received, love, no surgeon can cure;
No surgeon can cure, no surgeon can cure,
And the wounds I've received, love, no surgeon can cure.

On my knapsack I rested for to gain some time,
To write you a letter, lovely Annie of mine;
Lovely Annie of mine, lovely Annie of mine,
For to write you a letter, lovely Annie of mine.

But the pen it has dropped before it was through,
And the unfinished letter unto Annie did pursue;
Unto Annie did pursue, unto Annie did pursue,
And the unfinished letter unto Annie did pursue.

She opened the letter and read it with grief,
To her bed she was taken where she found no relief;
Where she found no relief, where she found no relief,
To her bed she was taken where she found no relief.

Oh, this young couple died, they both died in love,
And they both dwells together in the bright home above;
In the bright home above, in the bright home above,
And they both dwells together in the bright home above.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an original Newfoundland song collected in 1921 as #101, Lovely Annie in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1968) ....####

This variant was collected in 1951 from George Hatfield [1865-?] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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