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THE SEAMAN'S ADIEU
Behold, noble captain, the sorrowful tears,
That down my cheeks trickle amain, To move your hard heart to release me of fear
And to grant me my love once again.
No maiden's heart ever was so full of woe,
Then, good sir, take pitty on me; And let him no further into the wars go,
But be pleased to set my love free.
O cease thy suit, damsel, and be not so sad,
Let reason thy mind now aswage; Ten thousand such seamen must e're long be had,
All against the proud foes to engage.
My dearest, why dost thou the captain offend ?
Thou seest he by no means will yield; And I am resolved my blood for to spend
Upon the salt sea or in field.
Therefore be contented, and cease thy sad moan,
Take comfort, and do thou not fear; If fortune befriend me, when as I am gone,
I shall once again see mine own dear.
My dearest, since thou must be parted from me,
And here must no longer remain, The thought of thy love all my comfort shall be
Until I do see thee again.
Each hour for thy welfare to God will I pray,
That He will in safety preserve My own dearest lover by night and by day
Whilst he on the ocean doth serve.
This token, I prethee, love, for my sake keep,
Remember me when you it wear; This parting kiss take, which doth cause me to weep,
And so heavens bless mine own dear.