Sung by: Mrs. Martin
Recorded in Banner, AR 8/27/63

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My dear, do you know how, a long time ago,
Two poor little children, whose names I don’t know,
Were stolen away on a bright summer day
And lost in the woods, I’ve heard people say.

And when it was night, how sad was their plight.
The sun, it went down, and the moon gave no light.
They sobbed and they sighed, together they cried,
‘Til the poor little things, they lay down and died.

And when they were dead, the robin so red
Brought strawberry leaves and over them spread,
And all the day long, he sang them this song:
“Poor babes in the wood, poor babes in the wood.”

Also found in Randolph, Vol. I, #92; Brown, Vol. II, #147.

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

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