The Ship Carpenter's Love to the Merchant's Daughter, 1635
Created as an asignment for Literature and Digital Diversity, Northeastern University, Spring 2021
The Ship Carpenter's Love to the Merchant's Daughter,1635
Transcribed from a facsimile inEarly English Books Online
The Ship Carpenter's Love to the Merchant's Daughter:
To the tune of, Farewell my Love.
You loyal lovers far and near,
A true relation you shall hear,
Of a young couple, who proved to be
A pattern of true loyalty.
A merchant does in Bristol dwell,
As many people know full well;
He has a daughter, a beauty bright,
In whom he placed his heart’s delight.
He had no child, but only she;
Her father loved her tenderly.
Many to court her thither came,
Gallants of worthy birth and fame,
Yet notwithstanding all their love,
A young ship carpenter did prove
The matter of her heart:
She often said, we’ll never part
As long as life and breath remain,
Your company I’ll not refrain;
No curled gold and silver bright
Shall make me wrong my heart’s delight.
Now when her father came to know
His daughter loved this young man so,
He caused him to be sent to sea,
To keep her from his company.
Which when this damsel came to hear,
Without the thoughts of dread or fear,
She dyed herself in seaman's hue,
And after him she did pursue.
Into the captain she did go,
And laid, right worthy sir, it is so,
You do want men, I understand,
I’m free to fight with heart and hand,
The captain straitway did reply,
Young man you’re welcome heartily:
A guinea in her hand he gave;
She passed for a seaman brave.
Son after this, the ship set sail,
And with a fair and pleasant gale,
Due this ship carpenter, (her dear)
Did little think his love so near.
She then appeared for to be,
A person of no mean degree;
Which pretty fingers long and straight,
She soon became the surgeon’s mate.
It happened so, that this same show.
At stroming of the town of Diepe,
She lay at anchor something nigh,
Where cannon bullets they did fly.
Then the first man that wounded were,
Was this young bold ship carpenter;
When drums did beat, and trumpets sound,
He in his breast received a wound.
Then to surgeon’s care was he
Brought down to speed immediately;
Whereas the pretty surgeon’s mate,
Did courteously upon him wait.
She met the woeful wounded part;
Although, the fight did pierce her heart;
She then did use her utmost skill,
To cure him with a right good will:
She cured him in a little space,
He often gazed upon her face.
Surgeon, said he, such eyes as thine
Did formerly my heart confine.
If ever I live to go on shore,
And she be dead whom I adore,
I will your true company be,
And never forsake your company.
If she be dead, then will I do,
All female sex I’lll bid adieu.
And never will marry for her sake,
But to the seas myself betake.
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