Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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FRAGMENT OF THE DAEMON LOVER. (See p. 201.)
(Motherwell's Minstrelsy, p. tl.)
" I have seven ships upon the sea, Laden with the finest gold, And mariners to wait us upon; All these you may behold.
" And I have shoes for my love's feet,                    s
Beaten of the purest gold, And lined wi' the velvet soft, To keep my love's feet from the cold.
" 0 how do you love the ship," he said,
" Or how do you love the sea ?,                      10
And how do you love the bold mariners That wait upon thee and me ? "
" O I do love the ship," she said, " And I do love the sea ; But woe be to the dim mariners,                        is
That nowhere I can see."
They had not sailed a mile awa',
Never a mile but one, When she began to weep and mourn,
And to think on her little wee son.                20