English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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The Cruel Ship's Carpenter
2   He says: My Miss Mary, if you will agree, If you will consent and go along with me,
I will ease you from trouble or sorrow and fear, If you will but marry a ship's carpenter.
3   Through 'braces and kisses they parted that night. She started next morning for to meet him by light. He led her through ditches and valleys so deep, Till at length this fair damsel begin for to weep.
4   She says: My sweet William, you've led me astray On purpose my innocent life to betray.
He says: My Miss Mary, you have guessed right,
For I was digging your grave all last night.
She turned her head and her grave she there spied,
Saying: Is this the bright bed for which me you've provide ?
5  O pardon, sweet William, and spare me my life. Let me go distressed if I can't be your wife.
For pardon sweet William is the worst of all men,
For the Heavens will reward you when I am dead and gone.