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742
ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
THE STORMY WINDS DO BLOW. A fragment of an old sea song, contributed by Mr. Charles Sloman in 1840, and the tune noted down from his singing. I have since received several other copies, and fragments of various songs, which have the same burden, and are sung to it. One is as follows :
" One Friday morn when we set sail, Not very far from land, We there did espy a fair pretty maid
With a comb and a glass in her hand, her hand, her hand, W^ith a comb and a glass in her hand. While the raging seas did roar,
And the stormy winds did blow, While we jolly sailor boys were np unto the top,
And the land-lubbers lying down below, below, below, And the land-lubbers lying down below.
Then up starts the captain of our gallant ship,
And a brave young man was he; I've a wife and a child in fair Bristol town,
But a widow I fear she will be, &c.
For the raging seas, &c.
Then up starts the mate of our gallant ship,
And a bold young man was he; Oh ! I have a wife in fair Portsmouth town,
But a widow I fear she will be, &c.
For the raging seas, &c.
Then up starts the cook of our gallant ship,
And a gruff old soul was he ; Oh ! I have a wrife in fair Plymouth town.
But a widow I fear she will be, <fcc.
For the raging seas, &c.
And then up spoke the little cabin-boy,
And a pretty little boy was he ; Oh ! I am more griev'd for my daddy and my mammy,
Than you for your wives all three, &c.
For the raging seas, &c.
Then three times round went our gallant ship,
And three times round went she; For the want of a life-boat they all went down,
And she sank to the bottom of the sea, &c.
For the raging seas, &c."
I have also the second, third, fourth, and fifth stanzas of the above, with but slight variation, to another tune.
In the chorus of the following song, upon the word " flash " there is a flourish which some singers omit. They hold on the first note of it (D) as a dotted minim. It is, however, more frequently to be heard as here printed.







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