Lady Franklin's Lament (E Greenleaf & G Mansfield)

See also: Franklin (MacEdward Leach)

We sailed away down Baffin Bay,
Where the nights and days were one;
And the Huskimaw in his skin canoe,
That was the only living soul.

The ice king came with his eyes aflame,
Perched on our noble crew;
And his chilly breath was cold as death,
It pierced our warm hearts through.

####.... Author unknown. A condensed variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, Lady Franklin's Lament (The Sailor's Dream) [Laws K9] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a 19th-entury British broadside ballad, Lady Franklin's Lament For Her Husband, published by J Scott (Pittenweem); sold by J Wood (Edinburgh) without a date, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Firth C.12(83) ....####
Sung in 1929 by Stephen John Lewis [1876-?] of Fleur de Lys, NL, and published in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland, #151c on p.310 by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, PA, 1968).

A longer variant was collected in 1952 from Alphonsus (Alphonse) J Sutton [1908-1998] of Trepassey, NL, and published as Franklin in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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