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Sir Patrick Spens

No: 58; variant: 58M

Source: Buchan's Gleaning, p. 196, "from a very intelligent old man."

  1. There shall no man go to my ship Till I say mass and dine, And take my leave of my lady; Go to my bonny ship syne.
  2. When he was up at the top-mast head Around could naething see, But terrible storm in the air aboon, And below the roaring sea.
  3. 'Come down, come down, my good master, You see not what I see; For thro an thro your bonny ship's side I see the green salt sea.'
  4. Lang lang will the ladies look, Wi their gown-tails owre their crown, Before they see Sir Patrick Spens Sailing to Dumferline town.