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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana           209
14. And now this couple was married, With money at their command, And they set a resolution
To view some foreign land, 0 to view some foreign land.
"Jack Monroe." Contributed by "Uncle Reuben" Hurt, eighty-four, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. Learned during his boyhood in Kentucky from the singing of his father, James Harvey Hurt. March 11, 1935.
1. There was a wealthy merchant; In London he did dwell; He had one only daughter, The truth to you I'll tell.
2.     Her waiting-maid was standing by
And to her father wrent, And told him of his daughter And what she did intend.
3.     He called for his daughter
And in she quickly came; "Good morning, Jack the Sailor,
If that's your sweetheart's name.
4.   "If this be true, my daughter,
As I have heard of thee, I intend to banish Jack away And you confined shall be."2
5.     He stepped up to an officer
And unto him did say: "I'll give you five hundred pounds To take young Jack away.
* The first time "Uncle Reuben" recited the song, be gave this stanza as follow*:
*'If this be true I hear of thee, Then yon had better mind; I intend to banifth Jade away, And you shall be confined."

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