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So Early in the Spring It being early in the spring I went on board to serve my king Leaving my dearest dear behind She oftimes swore her heart was mine As I lay smiling in her arms I thought I held ten thousand charms With embraces kind and a kiss so sweet Saying We'll be married when next we meet As I was sailing on the sea I took a kind opportunity Of writing letters to my dear But scarce one word from her did hear As I was walking up London Street I shoved a letter from under my feet Straight lines being wrote without any blot Saying seldom seen is soon forgot I went up to her father's hall And for my dearest dear did call She's married, sir, she's better for life For she has become a rich man's wife If the girl is married, whom I adore I'm sure I'll stay on land no more. Recorded by Collins - Fifth DT #429 Laws M1 SOF
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