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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana            139
1.   "O I've just returned from the salt-water sea,
And it's all for the sake of thee; For I could have married the king's daughter dear, And she fain would have married me."
2.    "If you could have married the king's daughter dear,
I'm sure you are not free; And I am married to a house carpenter, And a fine young man is he."
3.    "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 Sweet Malea."
4.    "If I'll forsake my house carpenter
And go along with thee, What have you to maintain me on To keep me from slavery?"
5.   "I have seven ships upon the sea,
All sailing for dry land; One hundred and fifty sailor-men Shall be at your command."
6.   "O yes, I'll leave my house carpenter
And go along with thee ; I'll go to where the grass grows green On the banks of the Sweet Malea."
7.     She then picked up her little babe
And kisses gave it three, Saying, "Stay at home, my little babe, And bear papa company."
8.      They had not been on sea two weeks,
Fm sure it was not three, Until this lady began to weep, And she wept most bitterly.
9.    "O is it for my gold you weep,
Or is it for my store, Or is it for your house carpenter You left on a distant shoreT'








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