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Andrew Davidson (MacEdward Leach)

The shores of Fife in Scotland,
in a little village where lived
a man who was a Christian,
serving God with all his care;
He was not a man of honour,
but a simple fisherman,
Driving hard to earn a living,
his name was Andrew Davidson.

He was captain of a vessel,
and he claimed her as his own.
Fitted well with what was needful,
she was called the Rose of June;
And with eager expectation,
looking forward to the day,
When the time would come for fishing,
and the Rose would sail away.

Oh, that night the storm came raging,
all along the rugged shore,
The winds were blowing swiftly,
and the angry billows roared;
Many a ship being tossed and driven,
but the crew so true and brave,
Trusting on that God would save them,
from a seaman's watery grave.

All along the shore next morning,
crowded men and women, too,
Watching there with eyes afflicted,
watching there in sight to view,
Watching there with eyes afflicted,
till this eager sight was seen,
One by one they reached the harbour,
one by one they gathered in.

One by one they reached the harbour,
from that morning until noon,
All at anchor there in safety all but one,
the Rose of June,
Which was driven by that tempest,
and a total wreck had been,
Far away from hope and loved ones,
in a dark and dismal gleam.

Andrew Davidson our captain,
and a goodly man was he,
Let us lift God praise together,
and they all at once began:

My God, I am thine, what a comfort divine,
What a blessing to know that my Jesus is mine;
Hallelujah, sing to glory, Hallelujah, amen,
Hallelujah, sing to glory, revive us again.

Just as those lines were ended,
then the big sea burst her side,
Washed out captain from his holding,
and he sank beneath the tide;
Let his soul go on forth heaven,
join his friends and shipmates there,
Welcomed by a loving saviour,
who will have eternal care.

Up speaks our mate, John Adams,
who had all his sins forgiven,
"Let us sing God praise together,
for our captain is in heaven."
And they all at once began:

My God, I am thine, what a comfort divine,
What a blessing to know that my Jesus is mine;
Hallelujah, sing to glory, Hallelujah, amen,
Hallelujah, sing to glory, revive us again.

####.... Author unknown. Scottish traditional ballad ....####

Sung by John A McLellan [b.1869] of St Georges, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada ©2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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