Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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144         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
He set his foot on the ship of fame Some foreign countries to go and see.
2    He sailed east, he sailed west, He sailed unto fair Turkey;
And there he was taken and put in prison, Till of his life he was quite weary.
3    The jailer had an only daughter, And she was fair as she could be. She took the keys of her father's prison And said, "Lord Bateman I'll go and see."
4    She said, "Have you got gold and silver, Have you got riches of high degree?
What would you give to some fair young lady If she from prison would set you free?"
5    He said, "I have both gold and silver, And I have riches of high degree,
And I would give all of my father's riches If she from prison would set me free."
6    "For seven long years I will make a promise, For seven long years I will make it stand,
If you will wed with no other lady, I will wed with no other man."
7    When seven long years were past and ended, And fourteen days were no more to be,
She packed up all her costly jewels And said, "Lord Bateman I'll go and see."
8    And when she came to Lord Bateman's castle, She loud, loud rapped at the bell.
"Who's there, who's there?" cries the bold young
porter, "Who's there, who's there? I pray you tell."
9    She said, "Is this Lord Bateman's castle, Or is his lordship himself within?" He said, "This is Lord Bateman's castle, He's just now taken his young bride in."

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