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When First Into This Country When first into this country a stranger I came There was no one that knew me or asked me my name I came into this country to tarry for a while And to leave my dear jewels alone on that isle A story has been reported as you may have been told Of three pretty maids from my country I stole But thievery and robbery oh that I do defy But these three pretty fair maids I never will deny The first was pretty Betsy although she was poor The next was lovely Nancy'the maid I adore The other was black-eyed Susan the girl of my delight And I'll roll her in my arms on a cold winter night Her eyes were like two diamonds so bright and so clear Her cheeks were like the roses the first of the year Though her cheeks they have been faded this past summer And I fear she's in love with some other young man I never never knew what it was to be a slave Till both my parents were dead and laid in their graves When I was bound apprentice for more than seven long years My master and my mistress were cruel and severe My mistress scarce ever spoke a kind word to me Which caused my mind to wander like waves on the sea But now I've regained my liberty I'll return to the girl I like And I'll roll her in my arms on the cold winter nights Now I am married I live at my ease I go when I like and I come when I please I married pretty Susan for she is the girl that I like And I fold her in my arms on a cold winter night From Songs the Whalemen Sang, Huntington Collected from the journal of the Cortes, 1847 RG
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