Marriage Bed


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Marriage Bed


One leaf typewritten in red ink on the front side. The document is in fair physical condition. The document was laminated back-to-back with the document "The Soldier's Cloak." The lower right corner and the lower left corner were folded into the laminate. There are numerous tears along the left edge. The document was vertically folded in half. There are notes handwritten in pencil at the upper right corner. The initials "RRR" follow the song text.


Folk songs, English -- United States Love -- Songs and music Impressment -- Songs and music Sailors -- Songs and music


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Marriage Bed

When I was of marriage age
Laid on a marriage bed
There came a noble press gang
And stood at my bed head,

Saying, “Arise! O arise! you new married man
And go along with me
To the lowlands of Holland
To fight your enemy.”

My wife she cast her arms around
Me thinking I could stay
I said to her, “My dearest dear,
This night I must away

“Away, away,” said he, “where the roaring
Roaring billows roar,
But if e’er I return again
I’ll spend my life on shore”

“No shoes or socks on my feet
No red rose in my hair
No firelight or no candle bright
Shall show my beauty fair,

“No never will our marriage be
No never till I die
Since the lowlands of Holland
Has parted my love and I.”

“O daughter! daughter!” mother says,
“Why do you so lament,
Ain’t there men enough in our town
To give you heart’s content?”

“If there’s men enough in our town
There’s none enough for me,
Since the lowlands of Holland
Has parted my love and me.

“O mother, Mother, don’t you see,
That ship a sailing down the other side
Its enough to break a fair maids heart
Or lose a good man’s bride.

“That little maid, a bride,” said she,
“Most glorious to behold
May the Gods above protect my love
A glorious sailor bold.”


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Marriage Bed

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Marriage Bed



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216 mm x 280 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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