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

See also: Lady Franklin's Lament
(Jesse Fergusion)

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 long variant was arranged in 2019 as Lady Franklin's Lament and performed live on YouTube by the Bard of Cornwall, Jesse Ferguson.

Another long 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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