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4.  She wished her body in a nearing grave; Or her soul no resting place to have; And "May God's vengeance on me swell And burn my soul in flames of hell,
If ever I prove false to you While you are sailing on sea."
5.  In the course of nine months He gone on sea,
Courted was she, for riches' sake All the vows firm to break; And when he came to his love in town, With grief and sorrow he looked down.
6. As soon as he heard how his true love's mind was bent, Straight for this lady he sent.
She came to her love with a frown: "What bad wind blowed you to town?"
7. "You falsest, so my dearest dear,
I heard tomorrow you are going to wed." She said, "That's true, but if I do, What is that to you ?"
8. Grief took his speech; no more could say; And out of his arms she flung away
And left the young sea-captain there alone With heart as cold as lead or stone.
9.  In the morning when he arose, A letter in tears he wrote.
He conveyed it to his dear,
Saying, "These few lines you must hear.
10. "You falsest of woman-kind, This is to put you fresh in mind
That you may think of my unhappy estate And repent before it is too late."
11.  Taking this letter in calf ( ?), Reading it over she fain did laugh; And in her pocket she put the same; And back to her company she went again.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III