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"Young Florilla" is a widespread American murder ballad which has been found throughout the United States and Canada. It is considered a "murdered sweetheart" ballad and is also known by the title "The Lone Green Valley" or "The Jealous Lover."
1. Down by yon drooping willow/ Where the violets gently bloom/ There lies young Florilla/ So silent in the tomb
2. She died not broken-hearted/ Nor sickness her befell/ But, in one moment, parted/ From the one she loved so well
3. One night, when the moon was shining/ As bright as ever it shone/ Up to Florilla's cottage/ The treacherous lover came
4. He says, come love, let's wander/ Into those fields we'll stray/ And there we'll sit and ponder/ Upon our wedding day
5. She said, those fields look dreary/ And I'm afraid to stray/ Of rambling, I am weary/ So I'll retrace my way
6. He said, no, never again/ These fields and meadows roam/ So bid farewell, Florilla/ To parents and friends and home
7. Down on her knees before him/ She begged him spare her life/ But deep into her bosom/ He plunged that fatal knife
8. Oh Edwin, I'll forgive you/ She said with a dying breath/ And in one moment later/ She closed her eyes in death
9. The treacherous lover fled/ To other parts unknown/ And now Florilla's sleeping/ So silent in her tomb
10. Down by yon drooping willow/ Where the violets gently bloom/ There lies young Florilla/ So silent in her tomb
Mabel Worcester, Frank Worcester, Hanover, Maine, Laws F1, Ballad, American, Murder, Knife, Sweetheart, Young Florilla, Jealous Lover, Lone Green Valley
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Worcester, Mabel. 1967. "Young Florilla." NA 467, CD 3.7. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department, University of Maine.