Once I Loved

Once I loved a pretty girl
She was virtuous and young;
Till at last I did discover
That she had a flatt'ring tongue.

CHORUS: No, my Ruth, it never can be,
        While I'm single I am free,
        While I'm single I am free,
        Love shall never, never conquer me.

These few lines I have kept in my noddle,
For to have them written on my grave;
Free I'll live and free I'll die,
Love shall never conquer me.

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