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Vaughan Williams, Ralph - 5 English folk songs: The dark eyed sailor

The dark eyed sailor

It was a comely young lady fair,
was walking out for to take the air;
She met a sailor all on her way,
so I paid attention.
So I paid attention to what they did say.
Said William: ‘Lady, why walk alone?
The night is coming and the day near gone.’
She said, while tears from her eyes did fall:
‘It’s a dark eyed sailor,
that’s proving my downfall.
It’s two long years since he left the land;
He took a gold ring from off my hand;
We broke the token, here’s part with me,
and the other lies rolling,
at the bottom of the sea.’
 
Then half the ring did young William show,
She was distracted midst joy and woe.
‘O welcome, William,
I’ve land and gold for my dark eyed sailor,
So manly true and bold.
 
Then in a village down by the sea,
they joined in wedlock and well agree.
So maids be true, while your love’s away,
for a cloudy morning,
brings forth a shining day.

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