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240 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
6. Straightway to a ship she resolved she would go
To see if what he told her was certainly so. He said nothing to her when she came there;
He took leave of the ladies, and slighted his dear.
7, She resolved she would go to a tailor straightway;
She bought her a suit and changed her array. She went and enlisted; they had a fair gale, And alone, undiscovered, with him she set sail.
8, While they were sailing all with the fair wind,
The soldiers one evening being merrily inclined, They all had their way of confessing at sea,
To drink to their true-loves wherever they be.
9. When it came to this young man, these words he did say
"I love nary woman that lives on this earth, Nor unto no woman ne'er tied will I be,
But a health to the damsel that I know loves me.
10. "A silk-merchant's daughter in London," said he,
"A lady of wealth, and witty was she. For my sake I left her in tears on the shore, And I do believe I'll ne'er see her more."
11. These words stung her so she could no longer stay;
She claimed herself sick, and left the company. And as she turned away from him, she made this reply, "I am along with him; why need I to cry?"
12. In a few hours after, a storm did arise ;
The clouds gathered thick and dark in the skies. For many a long day on the ocean they tossed Till the pilots their course had entirely lost.
13. Sharp hunger came on.........................
They cast lots among them to see who'd be first ; They cast lots among them to see who would die To feed the rest on him, their excellency (?).