“A Poor Sinner”


"Hark, sinner, hark, while I relate, What happened in Kentucky state. A poor young woman lately died; She dropped from all her wealth and pride." Led astray by a young man, she turned ungodly. Dying, she bids farewell; her mother says she will go to hell

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Poor Sinner, A
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From Dorothy Scarborough, A Song Catcher in Southern Mountains,
p. 73. Collected from Mrs. J. G. Stikeleather, Asheville,
North Carolina

Hark, sinner hark, whilst I relate
  What happened in Kentucky state.
A nice young lady late have died,
  Falling from all her wealth and pride.

Come, father, mother, sister, too
  Now I must bid you all adieu.
They closed her eyes, her nails turned blue,
  And thus she bid them all adieu.

Cross references


  1. BrownIII 63, "A Poor Sinner" (1 text)
  2. Scarborough-SongCatcher, p. 73, (no title) (1 short text)
  3. ST Br3063 (Full)
  4. Roud #7846
  5. BI, Br3063


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1937 (Scarborough)
Keywords: death hell
Found in: US(SE)