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4.  Up spoke the cook, of a very gallant ship, And a well-spoken woman was she:
"I'd give all of my kittels and all of my pots, One foot of dry land for to see, see, see; One foot of dry land for to see."
5. All around and around went our gallant ship, And around and around went she;
The very next time that she started around She sank to the bottom of the sea, sea, sea; She sank to the bottom of the sea.
(Child, No. 29j) See Campbell and Sharp, No. 36; Barry, Journal, XXVII, 73. "Doctor." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1930.
1. There was a ship captain That sailed on the sea; He called on Miss Betsy; Pretty Polly did say: "You go to that sea captain
And grant me love or ruined I'll be."
2. As Miss Betsy started Pretty Polly did beery: "Make haste, pretty Betsy, Or I will die."
3. She came to the sea captain And said unto him:
"Are you the young man You love so well ?"
4. He said unto her: "Am I the doctor That can kill or cure ?"

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