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7. She dressed herself in silk so fine, Most glorious to be seen;
As she walked along the shore, Outshined the glittering sun.
8.  But she had not been on the ship two weeks, I'm sure it were not three,
Till she li-mented in her true-lover's ship And wept most bitterly.
9.  "Is it for my gold you weep? Or is it for my store ?
Or is it for your house carpenter That you never shall see any more ?"
10. "It is not for your gold I weep; Nor it is not for your store.
I was just weeping for my sweet little babe, That I never shall see any more."
11. She had not been on the ship three weeks, I'm sure it were not four,
Till there sprang a leak in the true-lover's ship And she sank to rise no more.
12. "A curse, a curse to all seamen, A curse forever more!
They robbed me of my house carpenter That I never shall see any more."
"The House Carpenter." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. Hiram Proctor, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1928. Mrs. Proctor is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon.
1. "Well met, well met, my own true love; Well met, well met," said he. "I'm just returning from the old salt sea, Returning for to marry thee.

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