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Unhappy Love
4    "If you will forsake your house carpenter And go along with me,
I will take you to where the grass grows green On the banks of Italy."
5    "If I should forsake my house carpenter And go along with thee,
0 what have you got to maintain me on Or to keep me from slavery?"
6    "O I have ten ships that's now in port And ten more out at sea,
A hundred and ten brave sailor men, And they're all for to wait upon thee."
7    She dressed herself in scarlet red Most beautiful to behold,
And then she went up and down the street, And she shone like glittering gold.
8    Then she picked up her lily-white babe And kisses she gave it three,
Saying, "Stay at home for your papa's company While I am going on sea."
9    O they had not been on board two weeks, I'm sure it was not three,
When this fair maid was known for to weep, And she wept most bitterly.
io "O do you weep for more riches, Or could you ask for more, Or do you weep for that house carpenter That you left on the other shore?"
ii "O I do not weep for more riches, Nor could I ask for more, But I do weep for that pretty little babe That I left on the other shore."
12 O they had not been on board three weeks,
1 know it was not four,
When under deck there sprung a leak, And their voices were heard no more.

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