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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana           137
3.   "If you could of married a king's daughter,
I think you are to blame ; For I have married a house carpenter, And I think he's a nice young man, And I think he's a nice young man."
4.   "If you'll forsake your house carpenter
And go along with me, I'll take you where the grass grows green On the banks of the blue sea, On the banks of the blue sea."
5.   "If I forsake my house carpenter
And go along with thee, What have you got to support me upon And keep me from slavery, And keep me from slavery?"
6.   "0 don't you see those seven fine ships,
All loaded to the brim, And three hundred and ten of those jolly seamen To sail at your command, To sail at your command?"
7.     She called up her two little babes,
And kisses gave them three, Saying, "Keep you papa company
While your mamma's gone to sea."1
8.     She dressed herself in scarlet red,
Putting on a sash of green, And over the streets as she passed by She shone like a glittering queen.
9.     She hadn't been on board two weeks,
I'm sure it was not three, Until this fair lady began to weep And to weep most bitterly.
10. "Do you weep for gold?" says he; "Or do you weep for fear? Or do you weep for that house carpenter That you left when you came on here?"
1The last Sue of each stanza is to be repeated.

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