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Song on Courtship Yonder stands a handsome lady Who she is I do not know Shall I yon and court her for her beauty What says you madam yes or no Madam I have gold and silver Madam I have house and land Madam I have a world of treasures And all shall be at your command What care I for your gold and silver What care I for your house and land What care I for your world of treasures All I want is a handsome man Madam do not count on beauty Beauty is a flower that will soon decay The brightest flower in the midst of summer In the fall it will fade away The sweetest apple soon is rotten The hottest love now soon is cold A young man's word is soon forgotten The coffin is the end of young and old A man may drink and not be drunken A man may fight and not be slain A man may court a handsome lady, And be welcome there again From Songs the Whalemen Sang Collected from the journal of the Diana, 1819 Note: Another of the degenerate versions that has lost the point of the original. Verses 2 and 3 appear in Vandy, Vandy; last verse in Barnyards of Delgaty. RG sometimes sung with chorus of WHEELFOR RG
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