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Liam's Brother Origins: Cork Harbour - on Dan Milner CD. (25) Lyr Add: CORK HARBOR (Laws K6) 06 May 04


CORK HARBOR (Laws K6)

Come all of you bound o'er the deep, I pray you will attend
Attention pay to these few lines that I have lately penned
I was a hardy a seaman as ever unfurled a sail
By the lightning bright, I lost my sight, in a tremendous gale.

When I was young and in my prime, my age was 22
I fell in love with a charming girl the truth I will tell you
I courted her for 2 long years till her parents came to know
They swore they would make me plough the deep where the stormy winds do blow

It was on the 24th of March from Cork Harbor we set sail
Bound down for Gibraltar with a sweet and a pleasant gale
The winds was fair, our course we steered right straight before the wind
But my heart was in Cork Harbor with the girl I left behind

When we got to Gibraltar we lay a few days there
Our orders read to Liverpool and still the winds blew fair
The very day we put out to sea on her we crowded sail
The winds came on; the eclipse (came) o'er the sun; it blew a heavy gale

The thunder fell tremendous loud, the lightening wild did flash
The heavy seas broke o'er our decks and along our side did lash
The winds they kept increasing till it blew a tremendous gale
The captain cries, "Go aloft, my boys, reef loose your 2 topsails."

He scarcely had spoken when along our yards we lay
Like jolly tars through storms and stars his orders to obey
Our main topmast was split, my boys, by a ball of rolling light
I being one of that hearty crew by the lightning lost my sight

Then early the next morning we were dismissed a few
Our captain was swept overboard with the first mate and 2 of our crew
But Providence kind to me and landed me safe on shore
Safe back into Cork Harbor with the girl that I adore

To me she proved most loyal, most truehearted and kind
And in a short time afterwards in wedlock we were joined
We now live happy together in peace and unity
I now can hear her gentle voice, though her face I cannot see


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