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There Was a Wealthy Merchant

[ Roud 548 ; Laws M19 ; Ballad Index LM19 ; words trad., music Tim Harries]

Gay Woods and Tim Harries sang There Was a Wealthy Merchant in 2000 on Steeleye Span's CD Bedlam Born.

Lyrics

Steeleye Span sing There Was a Wealthy Merchant

There was a wealthy merchant
In London he did dwell.
He had a beautiful daughter
The truth to you I'll tell.

She had sweethearts a-plenty
And men of high degree
But none but Jack the sailor
Her true love ere could be.

Jack he's gone a-sailing
With trouble on his mind
He's left his king and his country
and his darling girl behind.

She went down to a tailor's shop
and dressed in men's array
She's signed a bill of passage
To convey herself away.

Before you get on board, Sir
Your name we'd like to know
She smiled all in her countenance
They call me Jack-A-Roe.

I see your waist is slender
Your fingers they are small
Cheeks to red and rosy
To face the cannonball.

I know my waist is slender
My fingers they are small
Bit it would not make me tremble
To see ten thousandf fall.

The war soon being over
She went and looked around
Among the dead and wounded
Her darling boy she found.

She picked him up all in her arms
And carried him to the town
Ahe sent for a physician
Who quickly healed his wounds.

This couple they got married
So well they did agree
This couple they got married
So why not you and me?