The Sailor And The Lady (Kenneth Peacock)

It was of a rich merchant in London did dwell,
He had but one daughter whom none could excel;
There were lords, dukes, and squires came to court this fair maid,
But not one amongst them could her favour gain.

As she and her father were walking one day,
A jolly young sailor by chance came that way,
He being brisk and jolly in passing them by,
She stepped up beside him and bid him draw nigh.

Saying, "Where are you going? Pray tell me your name,
Give me your occupation and I'll give you the same."
"I'm bound down to Boston, fair lady," said he,
"James is the name that my parents gave me."

"James, in this country I would have you to tarry,
Unto some rich lady I would have you to marry,
She'll put gold in your pockets and silver in store,
And then she will have you to ramble no more."

"Oh no then, fair lady, for that cannot be,
For there's parts in his wide world that I'd like to see,
So your birth and my birth don't seem to agree,
Some poor farmer's daughter would be fitter for me."

Her honorable father was standing quite nigh,
Saying, "You shall have my daughter to be your fond bride,
She'll put gold in your pocket and silver in store,
And then she will have you to ramble no more."

This couple got married as ye all well may know,
These lords, dukes, and squires they caught a grand show,
To see such a wedding was rare to be seen,
There was James the young sailor and his beautiful queen.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, The Jolly Young Sailor And The Beautiful Queen [Laws O13] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

Collected in 1951 by Kenneth Peacock from James Heaney [1886-1962] of Stock Cove, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.582-583, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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