#02028
The Lowlands Of Holland (MacEdward Leach)

Those that I loved as I assure them
I'll never be content,
Till the salt seas will be frozen
before I will repent;
Repent I will forever
until my dying day,
For the lowlands of Holland
parted my love from me.

Now my love he built a bonny ship
and put her on the sea,
With seven score good mariners
to bring her home again;
The weary winds began to blow
and the seas began to run,
Now my love and his bonny ship
hard weather's tossed about.

Now my love he built another ship
and put her on the main,
With seven score good mariners
to bear her company;
They were three of them got drownded
and the others died at sea,
For the lowlands of Holland
parted my love from me.

Said the mother to her daughter,
"Dear, who do you sad lament,
For there's lotsa men in this country
who'll with you be content."
If there's lots of men in this country
there is none of them for me,
For the lowlands of Holland
parted my love from me.

Now there'll never be a cap on my head
or a haircomb in my hair,
Nor will there be a candlelight
shine in my bedroom more;
Nor will I love another man
until my dying day,
For the man that I love dearly
is sleeping in the sea.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an 18th-century Scottish traditional, Bonny Bee Hom [Child Ballad #92] The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child (Dover, 1965). Also a variant of a 19th-century Scottish broadside ballad, The Lowlands of Holland, printed by the Poet's Box (Dundee) c.1890, and archived at the National Library of Scotland, shelfmark: RB.m.143(121) ....####
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Collected in 1951 from Henry James (Harry) Curtis [1895-1963] of Joe Batt's Arm, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was recorded by Anita Best and Pamela Morgan [b.1957] of Grand Falls, NL, (The Colour Of Amber, 1991; ECMA Album Of The Year, 1993)


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A variant was collected by William Hugh (W H) Logan, editor, and published in A Pedlar's Pack Of Ballads And Songs, With Illustrative Notes, pp.22-24, 1869, William Paterson, Edinburgh, 1869.

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