English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 97
The Sheffield Apprentice
2   And when I got to London a fair lady met me there And offered me in wages to live with her one year; And offered me in wages fine house and fine land,
If I'd give consent and marry her, she'd be at my command.
3   I said: Dear Miss, excuse me, I cannot wed you both, I'm promised to pretty Polly and bounded with an oath. Then Miss she grew angry and from me fled away, A-swearing by all her vengeance she'd be my overthrow.
4   I stepped out one evening to take the pleasant air, I find Miss in the garden, a-viewing the lilies fair. The gold rings on her fingers, as she come past by me, She dropped them in my pocket, and for it I must die.
5   They put me on a east bound train one cold December day, And every station I rode through I heard the people say: Yonder goes a young man, in iron chains he's bound,
For some crime or other he's bound for Charlestown.