Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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124         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
5   She watched the white sails till they were far from her view, And the tears down her cheeks they did flow,
Saying, "There's no one abroad to cheer the lone hearts of her
crew, If the ship should go down in a storm."
6   Then her footsteps retraced to her own cottage door, It seemed to her more like a dream,
While the moon in the sky proudly riding on high With a pale luster over the scene.
7   About twelve o'clock that night the wind it did blow, And the rain down in torrents did fall.
She arose from her cot from a wild troubled dream, And she offered a prayer to her God.
8   "Now attention we pay to a ship in a storm, While the wind through its rigging did moan, While I on a plank did escape from the wreck, While the rest met a watery grave.
9   "In the morning found me wandering on the wild troubled deep; In the evening found me praying in despair.
I thought of the maid I had left on the beach And a thousand times wished I was there.
io "Nest morning found me wandering on the wild troubled deep, 'Till at length a large ship I did spy; My signals they did see, and they ran up to me, And they cheerfully took me aboard.
n "Now since providence has spared me my life safe on shore, Straightway to fair Susan I'll go.
For I promised her I'd marry her, make her my loving wife, But my promises have soon turned to woe.
12 "When the news reached the shore that our gallant ship was lost, And our loyal seamen were no more, She died like a rose that was bitten by the frost, And she's left me in sorrow to mourn."

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