Four Wanton Ballads

Song Cycle by John Linton Gardner (1917 - 2011)

Word count: 191

1. Pleasant New Court Song [sung text not yet checked]

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2. Godly Girzie [sung text not yet checked]

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3. The Sandgate lass's lamentation [sung text not yet checked]

I was a young maiden truly,
And lived in Sandgate Street;
I thought to marry a good man,
To keep me warm and neat;  
Some good-like body, some bonny body,
To be with me at noon;
But last I married a keelman,
And my good days are done.  

I thought to marry a parson,
To hear me say my prayers
But I have married a keelman,
And he kicks me down the stairs.  
He's an ugly body, a bubbly body,
An illfaured ugly loon:
And I have married a keelman,
And my good days are done. 

I thought to marry a dyer,
To dye my apron blue;
But I have married a keelman,
And he makes me sairly rue.  
He's an ugly body, a bubbly body,
An illfaured ugly loon:
And I have married a keelman,
And my good days are done. 

I thought to marry a sailor,
To bring me sugar and tea ;
But I have married a keelman,
And that he lets me see."  
He's an ugly body, a bubbly body,
An illfaured ugly loon:
And I have married a keelman,
And my good days are done -- done.

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4. The old man and young wife [sung text not yet checked]

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