Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 13:37:38 -0500
Subject: "for to"

I recall a song I learned from a Weavers record in the fifties, sounding like
white US folk-song tradition of (at a guess) not earlier than 1850 at
earliest, and maybe any time since then. Every verse ended with "I come
for to sing", which was also the title. One verse ran:

Some folks enjoy me, others do not.
Some love to EX-tol on what I ain't got.
Me, I don't mind, it don't mean a thing.
But as for me, I come for to sing.

Of course, songs in this tradition constantly borrow from each other, so
the construction might have been archaic in the *speech* of the author.

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