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Posted By: RTim
20-Dec-09 - 02:34 PM
Thread Name: pretty polly - Cruel Ship's Carpenter?
Subject: ADD: The Cruel Ship's Carpenter
This is version collected in Hampshire from George Blake - St. Denys

Tim Radford

The Cruel Ship's Carpenter.

In fair Warwick city in fair Warwickshire
A handsome young damsel oh! Lived there
A handsome young man courted her to be his dear
And he was by trade a Ship's Carpenter.

The king wanted seaman to go on the sea
Which caused this young damsel to sigh and to say,
"Oh William oh William, don't you go to sea,
Remember the vows that you made unto me."

One morning so early before it was day
He came to his Polly these words he did say,
"Oh Polly oh Polly, you must go with me
Before we are married, our friends for to see."

He led her through groves and valleys so steep
Which caused this young damsel to sigh and to weep,
"Oh William oh William you have led me astray
On purpose, my innocent life to betray."

"It's true it's true," then these words I did say
"For it's all this long night I've been digging your grave."
The grave laying open the spade standing by
Which caused this young damsel to sigh and to cry.

"Oh William, oh William, you pardon my life,
I never will covet to be your wife.
I'll travel the country to set you quite free
Oh pardon, oh pardon my baby and me."

"No pardon no pardon, there's no time to stand,"
And with that he had a knife in his hand.
He stabbed her fair heart till the blood it did flow
And into the grave her fair body he threw.

He covered her up so safe and secure
Thinking no one would find her he was sure
He went on board to sail the world round
Before that this murder could ever be found.

One morning so early before it was day
The captain came up and these words he did say,
"There's a murder on board and it's lately been done
Our ship she's in mourning and cannot sail on."

Then up stepped one, "indeed it's not me."
Then up stepped another, the same he did say
Then up stepped young William to stamp and to swear,
"Indeed it's not me I vow and declare."

As he was returning from the captain with speed
He met his fair Polly, which made his heart bleed.
She stripped she tore him, she tore him in three,
Because he had murdered her baby and she.

"Tune: ÔVillikins'" - G.G.        
Gardiner mss no. 343 collected in Nov 1907 in notebook no. 12, page 97, no music was collected, but note saying tune used was 'Villikins'.
There is a clear note on this page that says,
        "Crutie"(Geo. Blake) 79, Bitterne, Southampton.