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James Harris
2. "Have you wedded any other man ? I'm sure I've wedded no other woman." "Yes, I'm wedded to a house carpenter, And I think he's a very nice man."
3. "You better leave your house carpenter, And come along with me.
We'll go till we come to the old salt sea And married we will be."
4.  She dressed her babies all in red And laid them on the bed.
"Lay there, lay there, my sweet little babes, To keep your papa company."
5.  She dressed her pavage all in blue; Herself she dressed in green;
And every town they rode through -They tuk her to be a queen.
6.  They had not been on the sea two weeks, I'm sure it was not three,
Till his true love began to weep; She wept most bitterly.
7. "What are you weeping for, my love ? Are you weeping for my gold ?
Are you weeping for some other man, That you love more dear than me ?"
8. "I'm not weeping for your gold, Nor neither for your store;
I'm just weeping for my sweet little babes That I never will see no more.
9. "If I had a thousand pounds of gold, I'd give it all to thee,
If you'd take me to the land once more, My poor little babies for to see."
10. "If you had a thousand pounds of gold And would give it all to me, I'd never take thee to the land no more, Your poor little babies to see."

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