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The Spanish Maid (The Cormiers)
Also see: A Gay Spanish Maid (Whitehorse)

A young Spanish maid at the age of 16,
Roamed over the hills far and wide;
Beneath an old tree she sat down for a rest,
With a gallant young man by her side.

My ship sails tomorrow, my darling, he said,
And together no more we shall roam;
But when your fine parents retire to rest,
Will you meet me tonight on the shore?

That night when her parents had retired to rest,
Lady Ellen slipped out the hall door;
With her hat in her hands,
she went down the broad strand,
To meet with her love on the shore.

The moon which had risen shone clear on the deep,
And the earth and the stars seemed to meet;
But the only sad sound was
the murmuring of the waves,
Splashing over the rocks at their feet.

Her lily white hand she then pressed to her breast,
When he told her how long he must stay;
God bless you my love and your parents at home,
When from you I am far, far away.

That night on the sea there arose a great storm,
And the wind through the riggin did blow;
All night on the deep they were
tossed through and through,
And their vessel was lost in the storm.

The cold North Atlantic gave them little to hold,
To each man his own life to save;
But the young gallant youth,
he was saved from the wreck,
While the rest found a watery grave.

Lady Ellen stood waiting along on the shore,
Where she mourned for her love lost at sea;
And she died like a rose
that was bitten by the frost,
Never knowing what his true fate would be.

The gallant young man found his way to the shore,
Where his lady lay cold in the sand;
My dearest, my love, I will join you tonight,
Like we did when we met on the strand.

The moon which had risen shone clear on the deep,
And the earth and the stars seemed to meet;
But the only sad sound was
the murmuring of the waves,
Splashing over the rocks at her feet,
Splashing over the rocks at their feet.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, A Gay Spanish Maid [Laws K16] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

This variant arranged and recorded by The Cormiers (The Shamrock, Thistle & Rose, trk#6, 2002, Produced by Rick Hollett & The Cormiers, recorded and mixed at Record Time Productions, St John's, NL).

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