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

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88           SONGS AND BALLADS
No pain like the Jayl of Love, nor no such torments found
To those that loyal mean to prove, whose loves are firm and
sound. This loyal person ne'r would change ; like a true lover he Indur'd his fetters and his chains, and Betty's captive be.
To the Tune of Awake, oh my Cloris !
Of a constant young seaman a story I'le tell, That I hope all true lovers will please very well; All his cry was still, ' Though I continue a slave, Yet the want of my dear is far worse than a grave.
' All the tedious long night in close prison I lye, But methinks I behold my dear love lying by; In the midst of my pains this doth still give me ease: That is pleasant to me, which some call a disease.
' Sometimes to the gallies I'm forced to go, Though amongst all my fellows like a slave I do row; And when I am spent with this labour and pain The thoughts of my love doth revive me again.
' And when with strappadoes sometimes I do meet, I find little pain, if I think on my sweet; Thus 'twixt pleasure and pain my time I do spend, Yet vow to be constant unto my life's end.
' No torture nor pain shall make me forsake Nor flye from my reason for my Betty's sake; I do slight all the torments bestow'd by the Turk When I think on my dear, and in gallies do work.
' But [tho'] a renegado to make me they strive, I'le never consent to 't whilst I am alive, But will a couragious true Protestant be : I'le be true to my faith and be constant to thee.