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The Faithful Sailor Boy 'Twas on a dark and stormy night The snow lay on the ground, A sailor boy stood on the deck The ship was outward bound. His sweetheart standing by his side, Shed many a bitter tear. At last he pressed her to his heart And whispered in her ear: cho: Farewell, farewell, my own true love; This parting gives me pain. You'll be my own, my0 guiding star Until I return again. My thought shall be of you, my love, While storms are raging high. So fare you well! Remember me, Your faithful sailor boy. 'Twas in a gale that ship set-sail, The girl still standing by. She watched the ship clear out of sight While tears bedimmed her eyes; She prayed to God in heaven above To guide him on his way. The parting words her lover spoke Re-echoed down the bay: 'Twas sad to see that ship return Without that sailor boy. He had died while out at sea; The flags were half-mast high. The comrades, when they came on shore, They told her he was dead; The letter that they gave to her The last line sadly read: final cho: Farewell, farewell, my own true love, We'll meet on earth no more, But we will meet in heaven above On that celestial shore, Up in that land, that glorious land, That land of peace and joy. Where you'll no more be parted from Our faithful sailor boy. From North Carolina Folklore, Henry Collected from P.D. Midgett, VA 1920 DT #559 Laws K13 RG oct96
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