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62           Ballads and Songs of Michigan
12 HE PLOWED THE LOWLANDS LOW
For references and a similar version see Mackenzie, pp. 92-93 See also Fland and Brown, pp. 106-108; Henry, JAFL, XLV, 40-41; Owens, JAFL9 XL1 230-231; and Sharp, 1,35°-357-The present version was sung in 1934 by Mrs. Eliza Youngs, Greenville.
i Young Emery was a servant maid, And her love was a sailor bold. It was all for gain he crossed the main; He plowed the lowlands low.
2    One night he came to Emery's house, His gold all for to show
That he had gained all on the main; He plowed the lowlands low.
3   "My father keeps a public house; He lives down by the sea, Where you may go and enter there Unto the morning be.
4   "I will meet you in the morning; Don't let my parents know
That your name it is young Edmund That plowed the lowlands low."
5   That very same night young Emery She dreamt a curious dream;
She dreamt her honored lover His blood flowed with the stream.
6   She rose by day in the morning; To see her love did go Because she loved him dearly; He plowed the lowlands low.
7   "O mother, where's that stranger Came here last night to dwell?" "He's dead and gone, your father says, And you no tales must tell."







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