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Unhappy Love
4   "O can't you leave your house carpenter And come along with me?
I'll take you where the grass grows green On the banks of the sweet Lacolee."
5   "Have you got gold, or have you got store, Or have you ships at sea?
Or what have you got to maintain me upon And keep me from slavery?"
6    "Yes, I have gold and I have store, And I have ships at sea
With a hundred and twenty gallant sailor boys, And they will wait on me."
7    She went unto her darling little babes And kissed them one, two, and three, Saying, "Stay you on with your papa dear And keep him company."
8    She dressed herself in silks and satins, And velvet of the best;
And as she walked down the street, She shone like glittering gold,
9    She had not been on the sea two weeks, I am sure it was not three,
Before she began to weep and to sigh, Weeping most bitterly.
io "O is it for my gold you weep, Or is it for my store? Or is it for your two pretty babes You never shall see any more?"
ii "It is not for your gold I weep, Nor is it for your store. It's all for my two pretty babes I never shall see any more."
12 She had not been on the sea three weeks, I am sure it was not four; Before the Albion began for to sink, And she sank to rise no more.

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