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The Farmer's Daughter (MacEdward Leach)
See also: A Sailor Courted A Farmer's Daughter (Leach)

A sailor courted a farmer's daughter,
That was convenient to the Isle of Man;
Remark good people what followed after,
A long time courting no harm done.

A long time courting but still coursing,
All things concerning the ocean wide;
He said, my darling, at our next meeting,
If you'll consent I'll make you my bride.

The news was carried to his old mother,
Before they put one step on board,
That he was courting a farmer's daughter,
Which friends or parents could not afford,

One penny portion going to the ocean,
Like one distracted, his mother run;
Saying, if you don't forsake her,
your bride not make her,
I will disown you to be my son.

Oh, mother dear, you're in a passion,
I'm very sorry you spoke too late;
Don't you remember at your first proceedings,
My father married you, a servant maid.

So, don't dispraise her I mean to raise her,
Just as my father with you had done;
Therefore I'll take her, my bride I'll make her,
So now, dear mother, disown your son.

Money or not, love, you are my lot love,
You have my heart and affection still;
Therefore I'll take her, my bride I'll make her,
Let my scolding mother say what she will.

####.... Variant of The Constant Lovers [Laws O41] American Balladry From British Broadsides, p.246 (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

Collected in 1950 from Monica Rossiter [1913-2004] of Cape Broyle, 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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