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158 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
(Child, No. 286)
Three complete texts of this ballad have been found in Indiana, all under the title of "The Lowland Sea." They are all closely related to Child C.
For American texts, see Barry, No. 1; Barry, Eckstorm, and Smyth, p. 339; Belden, No. 78; Brown, p. 9; Campbell and Sharp, No. 35; Colcord, p. 79; Cox, No. 32; Davis, p. 516; Flanders and Brown, p. 230; Greenleaf and Mansfield, p. 43 (two fragments); Hudson, No. 22; Hudson, Folk­songs, p. 125; Journal, XVIII, 125; XXIII, 429; XXX, 331; XLVIII, 386 (Illinois) ; McGill, p. 97; Pound, p. 24; Scarborough, Song Catcher, p. 185; Shearin, p. 4; Shearin and Combs, p. 9 (fragment); Shoemaker, p. 126; Wyman and Brockway, p. 72; Smith and Rufty, American Anthology, p. 59; Randolph, The Ozarks, pp. 177-79; Cambiaire, East Tennessee and Western Virginia Mountain Ballads, p. 93; Creighton, p. 20; Cox, Tradi­tional Ballads, pp. 52, 54, 56; Henry, Folk-Songs from the Southern High­lands, p. 127.
British: Greig, Last Leaves, No. 101; Williams, Folk-Songs of the Upper Thames, p. 199; JFSS, I, 104; II, 244.
"The Lowland Sea." Contributed by Mrs. Elizabeth Craig Lenington, of Indianapolis, Indiana. Marion County. Learned in Allen County from the singing of her mother, who learned it in Ohio. January 30, 1936.
1.     All on the Spanish Main the Turkish "Silveree"
Was trying for to stop the "Golden Willow Tree/' As she sailed on the lowland, lonesome, low, As she sailed on the Lowland Sea.
2.     Up stepped the cabin boy, what a fine lad was he!
Saying, "Captain, O Captain, what will you give me If Til sink her in the lowland, lonesome, low, If I'll sink her in the Lowland Sea?"
3.   "I've houses on land, a ship upon the sea;
My oldest daughter your wedded wife shall be, If you'll sink her in the lowland, lonesome, low, If you'll sink her in the Lowland Sea."

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