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Andrew Martine
As printed by Barry, Journal of American Folk-Lore, 1905, XVIII, 302-303, from a text contributed to the Boston Transcript by A. C. A., who states: "I can give the song, as I heard it sung many years ago in Portland, Maine, by Eliza Ostinelli, daughter of Ostinelli, the musician,—she afterward went to I taly, where she married, and was known as Mme. Biscaccianti, 'The American Thrush.'"
See Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballads, No. 250 A ("Henry Martyn") and E (" Andrew Bartin"), p. 553 (Sargent-Kittredge edition). "Andrew Martine" is evidently a shorter and inferior variant of E. All have sprung from " Sir Andrew Barton " (Child, No. 167); an important version from Kentucky, which shows this connection clearly, is printed by Belden, JournalyXXV, 171-173. For the music, see Barry, Journal of American Folk-Lore, 1905, XVIII, 135 ("sung over fifty years ago").
1      There dwelt three brothers in merry Scotland,
Three brothers there dwelt there, three, And they did cast lots to see which one Should go robbing upon the salt sea, Should go robbing upon the salt sea.
2     The lot it fell upon Andrew Martine
The youngest of the three, That he should go robbing upon the salt sea, To support his three brothers and he.
3      "Oh, who are you?" said Andrew Martine,
"Who are you that comes tossing so high?,, "I am a brave ship from merry England, Will you please for to let me pass by?"

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