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Unhappy Love
3    "But," says the maid, "I've had a dream That I cannot believe,
That distance breaks the link o he And leaves the maid to grieve." I fondly pressed on her cheeks a kiss, Saying, "Have no fear for me." And swore by Him above the skies That I would prove sincere.
4    According to agreement then I went on board the ship, Unto the town of Alasko first I made a pleasant trip.
I found that gold was plenty there; The girls were free and kind. My love began to cool a bit For the girl I left behind.
5    For Dumphries Town I next set out, That hospitable land
Where pretty Jenny Ferguson Soon took me by the hand. Says she, "I've gold and plenty, And in love with you I'll find." The thoughts of gold destroyed my love For the girl I left behind.
6    "But," says the maid, "if you'll marry me, And say no more you'll roam,
The gold that I possess is yours, And I will faithful prove. But parents dear or other friends That you have left behind, O never if you marry me, Again must bear in mind."
7    To this I soon consented, And I own it to my shame, For what man can be happy When he knows himself to blame? 'Tis sure I've gold and plenty, And my wife is somewhat kind,

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