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Thread #83382   Message #2248668
Posted By: Brian Peters
30-Jan-08 - 11:23 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sir William Gower (from Brian Peters)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sir William Gower (from Brian Peters)
I've just stumbled across this thread, only two and a half years late. Hope you're still watching, Roberto.

What I sing is a collation of the two versions Sharp collected, plus some stanzas from 'New York Trader'.

V1, L3 should be "well carved and anchored"

V8 in full:
Bosun, he said, let no one know
What your poor captain do undergo
But keep the secret within your breast
And pray to God to give you rest

The traditional versions have "what these poor sailors do undergo" - I think I made up the "captain" bit.

Looking at the Bronson texts, I'm struck by the Tillett version from NC, in which - despite being guilty not only of murder but also of drunkenness and profaning the Sabbath - Glen is referred to as "our honourable captain".

New Child Ballads album nearly done!