English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Pretty Nancy of Yarmouth
6   Whilst | he was a-sailing back | to his true lover, She | wrote a | letter to the boatswain her | friend, Saying : A handsome re- [ ward I | surely will give you If | you the | life of young Jemmy will | end.
7   For the | sake of the money and for the | wit of the beauty, As | they were a- | lonely the same did com- | plete,
And as they were a- | lonely a-| sailing together, He | suddenly | did plant him into the | deep.
8   In the | dead time of night when they | all lie a-sleeping, A | trouble it | did to her window appear,
Saying: Rise you up | here, it's | here, pretty Nancy, And | 'fer to the | vows that you made to your | dear.
9   She | raised her head off her | soft downy pillow
And | straight to her | gazement ( casement) she did ap- | pear, And the [ moon being | bright and so [ clearly shining: That [ surely | must be the voice of my [ dear.
10 O | yes, dearest Nancy, I | am your true lover, | Dead or a- [ live you know you're my [ own, And now for your | promises | I am pursuing To | follow me | down to the watery | tomb.
ii O | yes, dearest Jemmy, I'll | soon be a-going, I'll | soon plunge | into your arms a- | sleep. And no sooner this [ unfortuned | lady she spoken, She | suddenly | did plunge herself into the | deep.
12 Then | at the sea-side he was | tried for the murder And | at the ship's | arms he was hung for the | same ; And the old man's heart was | broke and he | died for his daughter Be | fore the | ship into the harbour it | came.
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