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206 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
Two good copies of this song have been found in Indiana. One bears the title "Jack Monroe"; the other is called by the contributor "A Merchant of London."
For additional American texts, see Campbell and Sharp, No. 55; Cox, p. 330; Hudson, Folksongs, p. 147; Journal, XII, 249; XX, 269; XXV, 9; XXXV, 377; XLV, 76; XLVI, 38, 48; PTFLS, X, 151; Scarborough, Song Catcher, p. 203; Wyman and Brockway, p. 38; Henry, Folk-Swigs from the Southern Highlands, p. 208.
British: JFSS, II, 227.
"A Merchant of London." Contributed by Mr. Willis Swallow, 77, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. Learned in the 1860's from the singing of his parents, Young and Patsy Swallow. May 19, 1935. With music.
1. There was a rich merchant;
In London he did dwell. He had one only daughter, The truth to you I'll tell; 0 the truth to you I'll tell.
2. She had sweethearts aplenty
To court her day and night, But in one Jackie Fraisure
She placed her heart's delight ; 0 she placed her heart's delight.
3. The old man called his daughter
And quickly she stepped in:1 "Good morning, Mrs. Fraisure,
Or is that your sweetheart's name? Or is that your sweetheart's name?
4. "0 daughter, dear daughter,
My advice you'd better mind Or I'll lock you in a dungeon; It's you I will confine, O it's you I will confine."
1 For And quirkfy in sftr came*