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214         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
82 THE LOWLANDS LOW
(The Sweet Trinity; The Golden Vanity, Child, No. 286)
This version is most similar to Child C. According to notes concernmg the two texts of this ballad in The Roxburghe Ballads, VI, 418-421, extant broadsides of the song are not earlier than about 1682, although it may have appeared as early as 1663. For a Scottish text see Ord, p. 450. For other texts and references see Bulletin, V, io-n; Greenleaf and Mansfield, p. 43; Henry, JAFL, XLV, 25-29; and Randolph, pp. 177-180. The present version was sung in 1935 by Mr. Otis Evilsizer, Alger.
1   There was 3 ship that was sailing on the sea,
And the name oŁ the ship was the Green Willow Tree, That was sailing on the lowlands, lowlands low, That was sailing on the lowlands low.
2   There was another ship that was sailing on the sea, And the name of the ship was the Turkish Revelry, That was sailing on the lowlands, lowlands low, That was sailing on the lowlands low.
3   "O captain, O captain, what will you give to me
If I will sink this ship they call the Turkish Revelry, If I sink them in the lowlands, lowlands low, If I sink them in the lowlands low?"
4 "O I will give you gold, and I will give you free, And my youngest daughter your wedded wife shall be,







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