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

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326           SONGS AND BALLADS
William was a youthful lover, William lov'd a lady fair ;              ;
Bells did ring and birds did sing, As to the church they did repair.
Then came twenty brisk young sailors, Drest in grand and rich array ; Instead of William being married, Prest he was and sent away.
Soon his true love follow'd after, By the name of William Carr ; Her soft hands and milk-white fingers, All were smear'd with pitch and tar.
Now behold the first engagement, Bold she fought among the rest; Her jacket open, void of danger, All expos'd her snow-white breast.
When the captain came to hear it, He said, ' What wind has brought you here ?' ' Kind sir, I came to find my true love, Him you prest I love so dear.'
' If that you came to find your true love, Tell to me his name, I pray ?' ' Brave sir, they call him William Taylor, Him you prest and forc'd away.'
' If William Taylor is your true love He is both cruel and severe,' For rise up early in the morning1 You shall see him and his lady fair.
' For he some days ago was wedded And lives upon the Isle of Man, And with his beauteous bride has bedded A truth that none deny it can.'