Little Sailor Boy
 


Citation

Rowson, Mrs., 1762-1824, “Little Sailor Boy,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed May 23, 2024, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31692.


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Title

Little Sailor Boy

Description

This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.

Subject

English poetry--19th century
American poetry--19th century
Sailors--Poetry
Prayers--Poetry
Love--Poetry

Creator

Rowson, Mrs., 1762-1824

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Contributor

Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Text

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Transcription

The Sailor Boy

The sea was calm, the sky serene,
And gently blew the eastern gale,
When Anna, seated on a rock,
Watched the Pavinia’s lessening sail.
To Heaven she thus here prayer addressed:
Thou who canst save or canst destroy!
From each surrounding danger guard,
My much-loved little sailor boy.

When tempests over the ocean howl,
And even sailors shrink with dread,
Be some protecting angel near,
To hover over my William’s head:
He was beloved by all the plain,
His father’s pride, his mother’s joy,
Then safely to their arms restore,
Their much-loved little sailor boy.

May no rude foe his course impede,
Conduct him safely over the waves,
O! may he never be compelled,
To fight for power or mix with slaves,
May smiling peace his steps attend,
Each rising hour be crowned with joy,
As blest as that when I again,
Shall meet my much-loved little sailor boy.

Associated Date

1804

File name

113_LittleSailorBoy

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