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Happy Love                        175
8    They had not scarce sailed a week or ten days; The wind from the southwest did blow a fine gale. They spied a ship sailing which filled them with joy; They hailed it and found it was Ijidy Leroy.
9    He bid them return to old Ireland's shore,
Or a broadside of grapeshot among them he'd pour. But Sally's true lover made him this reply, "For the sake of my Sally, I'll conquer or die."
10    Broadside after broadside, most furious did pour; And louder than thunder bright cannons did roar. But the fair Irish beauty gained the victory; Hurrah for the lovers, their sweet liberty I
11    Fair Sally in triumph now sails o'er the main; She's defeated the hopes of her father again.
His ship she has conquered, all prisoners his crew, All fear and all danger she now bids adieu.
12    Fair Sally's true lover with her did consent
That her father's famed ship straightway should be sent To him with the relics of his noble crew, Who all were released and bid them adieu.
13    "Go to my dear father and this let him know, That we'll not be parted by friend or by foe; Yet we wish him all kindness and he may enjoy The best wish of the hero of Lady Leroy"
14    They sailed into Boston, that city of fame, The fine ship they came in I'll mention again. The bravest of heroes, the source of my joy, A health to fair Sally and Lady Leroy.
Sung in 1934 by Mr. Charlie Myers, Ludington. Mr. Myers was ninety-two years old; he had learned the song about sixty years earlier, when he was a driver in a lumber camp on the Manistee River in Michigan,
A text of nine stanzas.

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