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3 Centuries Of Naval History In Shanties & Sea Songs With Lyrics & Notes

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lx              SONGS AND BALLADS
burghe Ballads there are several groups of ballads of the same nature. The sixth volume contains, The Gallant Seaman s Return from the Indies; The West Country Nymph; The Fair and Loyal Maid of Bristow, and The Seaman s Sorrowful Bride (pp. 415, 441, 443, 444)- Tne seventh includes a still larger number: The Mariners Delight, or the Seaman s seven Wives; Faithful Jemmy and constant Susan ; The Gallant Seaman's Resolution (whose full intent was to try his fortune at sea, and at his return marry his landlady); Love and Loyalty ; The two Loyal Lovers ; A Farewell to Gravesend; The Valiant Seaman s happy Return to his Love ; The Seaman s Advice to his pretty Betty, living near Wapping; The Sailor's Departure from his dearest Love; The Constant Maiden's Resolu­tion; Loyal Constancy, or the Seaman's Love-Letter ; Virtue the Reward of Constancy; The Faithful Lovers Farewell; The Valiant Virgin, or Philip and Mary ; The Seaman's Dolefull Farewell; The Seaman's Folly, in marrying one so quickly for what he has cause to repent at leisure; The Seaman's Renown in Winning his Fair Lady (pp. 490-559). The eighth volume gives us : The Seaman s Frolic, or a Cooler for the Captain; The Seaman's Com­plaint for his unkind Mistress of Wapping; The Love-sick Maid of Wapping; I father a Child that's None of -my own, being the Seaman's Complaint, &c. ;• A Mad Marriage, or the Female Fancy of Deptford (xciii. 433-443). There are also three verses of A Kiss of a Seaman is worth two of Another (ib. pp. 678, 861).
It was obviously impossible to select more than a few specimens of this class of ballads, and it seemed best to choose three or four which for various reasons were of more historical interest than the rest (see pp. 99, 101, 146), and to add two from