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Duke Of Argyl (Greenleaf & Mansfield)
See also: Alexander (MacEdward Leach)

"It's farewell, now, Miss Gordie,
I'm now going to leave you,
For to cross the wide ocean,
I don't mean to deceive you;
I'll cross the wide ocean,
where the loud cannon rattle,
I will venture my life
on the broad field of battle."

"I'll dress in men's attire,
Alexander, I'll go with you,
I'll dress in men's attire,
Alexander, I won't leave you;
We will boldly fight on,
in front line and centre,
I'll be true to that call,
Alexander, I'll venture."

On the fourteenth we sailed,
on the eighteenth we landed,
On the banks of the Nile
where our troops was commanded;
Where the bullets did fly,
and the loud cannon rattle,
The lady's true love
he was slain in that battle.

As he fell on the ground,
while his sword it lay bleeding,
She kissed his pale face,
while the tears down was streaming;
She picked up his flag,
his ensign to carry,
O, she wove it up high
in the midst of the valley.

The blood it did flow
like a stream from the fountain,
And many's the brave man there
was slain on that mountain;
She's a rich lady gay,
of high birth and breeding,
O, she fought for her king,
while her true love lies bleeding.

The Duke of Argyl
he came courting this lady,
Where she's dressed in men's attire,
and he's going to salute her;
But still she cries, "No!
Though you are our commander,
No man I'll enjoy
since I lost Alexander."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, Duke Of Argyle [Laws N1] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

Sung in 1921 by Daniel Endicott [1875-1940] of Sallys Cove, Newfoundland, and published as #39 on pp.88-89 in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland, by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1968).

A similar variant was collected in 1951 as Alexander by MacEdward Leach from Michael Francis Sutton [1914-2002] of Trepassey, NL.

A similar variant was collected in 1966 as Brave Alexander by Herbert Halpert [1911-2000] of St John's, NL, from Alphonsus (Alphonse) J Sutton [1908-1998] of Trepassey, NL, and archived at Memorial University Folklore Archive (MUNFLA), St John's, NL, acc 66-23 / tape C233 / counter 545.


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