Oh, I forbid ye maidens allIn folk ballads, the meter is often irregular (as in the example above from "Barbara Allen") and the rhymes are often approximate.
That wear gold in your hair
To come or go by Carterhaugh
For young Tam Lin is there.
In Scarlet Town, where I was born
There lived a fair maid dwellin';
Made many a youth cry well-a-day,
And her name was Barbara Allen.
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