The Little Turtle Dove
O can't you see yon little turtle dove
Sitting under the mulberry tree?
See how that she doth mourn for her true love:
And I shall mourn for thee, my dear,
And I shall mourn for thee.
O fare thee well, my little turtle dove,
And fare thee well for a while:
But though I go l'll surely come again
lf I go ten thousand mile, my dear,
lf I go ten thousand mile.
Ten thousand mile is very far away,
For you to return to me.
You leave me here to lament, and well-a-day!
My tears you will not see, my love,
My tears you will not see.
The crow that's black, my little turtle dove,
Shall change its colour white;
Before I'm false to the maiden that I love,
The noon-day shall be night, my dear,
The noon-day shall be night.
Submitted by John Versmoren
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