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THE SEAMAN'S ADIEU         101
Tho' bitterly she did complain, her sighs and tears were all in
vain ; He would not suffer her to go, so many cares and griefs to
know : But with sweet salutes they parted; she was left with tears on
shore; Here often crying, and replying, ' I shall never see him more t
This man was prest to serve upon the seas, Which did his dearest very much displease; She importuned the captain on her knee, And proffered gold to have her love set free ; But all would not prevail; the captain's ear Was deaf, the maid's complaint he would not hear. When no entreaty could move his hard heart She sadly took her leave, and so they part.
To the Tune of Pie go to Sir Richard.
Come, all loyal lovers that's faithful and true,
Observe, where ever you be, A pattern I here have presented to you :
It is good to be constant, you see.
But chiefly to thee, my own dearest, I speak,
With patience my absence to bear, For now I am prest to serve on the seas,
And I must bid adieu to my dear.
Our King must have seamen and souldiers most stout,
His enemies' heart for to fear, And I for my honour will venture about,
And I must bid adieu to my dear.
O tell me not so, mine own dearest, I pray ;
For love's sake take pitty on me ; Fie do my endeavour to please thee alway
If that I may have my love free.