Collection of popular songs (1)/The sailor's courtship
THE SAILOR’S COURTSHIP.
It happened on a morning clear,
as down the quay I walked
I chanced to meet a maiden fair,
who with her father talked.
Said he, your love is come on shore,
The only man you do adore,
Your folly now you must giver o'er,
Dont wed that tarry sailor.
O father dear do not us part,
Or try to seperate us.
For if you do ’twill break my heart,
great grief it will create us;
His love to me is most secure,
And mine to him shall firm endure.
Betide me life or death, I’m sure
I'll wed no other sailor.
Up comes young Jack as brisk's a bee,
and saying my dearest Nancy,
Now I am safe returned to thee
my heart's delight and fancy;
I've been where stormy winds do blow,
And often fac’d the deadly foe,
Say, will you have me, yea nor no,
Two hundred pounds left by her aunt,
three hundred more I’d give her,
But if she marry without consent
a farthing I wont leave her.
Besides to marry she is too young,
And sailors have a flattering tongue,
So from my presence quick begone,
If you wed that tarry sailor.
Says Jack I dont regard that sum,
my dear I’ve gold in plenty,
Believe me, Sir, I do not come
to court with pockets empty;
Five hundred guineas in bright gold,
Upon the table there he told,
And sweept them in her apron-fold,
Take that and Jack your sailor,
Her father seeing his honest heart,
that he behaved so clever;
Said, “’tis a pity you to part,
and I’ll not do it ever;
As you so freely give your store
And you each other do adore,
Now take her Jack, here’s as much more
Now messmates we’ve got safe to port,
for I am safely married,
I hope my lads we’ll have some sport,
and crown the day with claret;
My frigate she is rigged tight,
With silks and rings, most gay and bright,
I’ll swear my lass to board to night
And prove myself a sailor.
This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.