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THE WEALTHY MERCHANT
For discussion and British and American references see Belden, JAFL, XXV, 8-10, and Kittredge, JAFL, XX, 269-273, and XXXV, 377, note. See also Cox, pp. 330-333; Eddy, No. 20; Henry, JAFL, XLV, 76; Hudson, pp. 39-40; Scar­borough, pp. 203-210, and Sharp, I, 385-395.
The present version was sung in 1934 by Mr. E. W. Haras, Greenville, who learned the song in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, about 1858.
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There was a wealthy merchant, in London he did dwell; He had a beautiful daughter; the truth to you I'll tell.
And sing O and sing O, Łal ral de ray. She was courted by three squires and men of high degree, But none but Jack the sailor who plowed the raging sea.
And sing O and sing O, Łal ral de ray.1
Now Jack is gone a-saihng with troubles on his mind; He's left his home and country and this darling girl behind. And now Miss Molly's at liberty with money at her command; She formed a resolution to view some foreign land.
She bargained with a tailor to fit her in men's array; She enlisted with the captain to carry her away. "Before you get on board, sir, your name I'd like to know." She answered with a smile, "They call me Jack Munroe."
1 The music for the last three lines is the same as for the first three.







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