Flora And Jim (Kenneth Peacock)

Oh, all true lovers bold I hope you will attend
To these few lines I'm going to unfold.
Young Flora was a damsel most virtuous and kind,
And her sweetheart was a gallant sailor bold.

Flora said to Jim, "You must be getting mad,
To venture your life out on the sea;
For aloft you'll have to go
when stormy winds do blow,
When safe at home with your true love you may be."

Flora sat by Jim's side, the tears filled her eyes,
Saying, "Jimmy, lovely Jimmy, must we part?
Here's a ring I break in two, one half I give to you,
And the other half I'll press to my heart."

Young Flora then arose and away with Jim she goes,
Went aloft when the stormy winds do blow;
But never was it said that Flora was a maid
In her jacket and trousers made of blue.

When our crew it was enlarged
and her true-love was discharged,
Straightway to the captain she did go,
Saying, "Sir, behold a maid that never was afraid
To go aloft when the stormy winds did blow."

The captain stood amazed,
not one word could he say,
He was instantly struck with surprise;
And calling for a light, he gazed upon a sight,
And the tears fell in torrents from his eyes.

"Oh, you two true lovers bold,
here's two thousand pounds in gold,
And for to get married you may go;
You two lovers may be blessed
while on your pillow rest,
Safe at home when the stormy winds do blow."

Now Flora and Jim are united as one,
They're respected wherever they do go;
And it's ofttimes they do talk
about the times they were aloft,
And he kissed her while the stormy winds did blow.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad James And Flora published by H Such (London) sometime between 1849 and 1862, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Firth c.12(254) ....####

Collected in 1952 by Kenneth Peacock from Henry James (Harry) Curtis [1895-1963] of Joe Batt's Arm, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports , Vol 1, pp.190-191, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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