As I rov'd out one ev'ning fair|
It being in the summertime to take the air
I spied a sailor and a lady gay
|: And I stood listen :|
To hear what they would say.
2. He said "Fair lady, why do you roam
3. "'Tis seven long years since he left the land,
4. He said, "Ye may drive him out of your mind,|
Some other young man you'll surely find;
Love turns aside and soon cold does grow,
|: Like a winter's morning, :|
The hills all white with snow."
5. She said, "I'll never forsake my dear,
6. One half of the ring did young William show,
7. There is a cottage by yonder lea,|
This couple's married and does agree;
So maids be loyal when your love's at sea,
|: For a cloudy morning, :|
Brings in a sunny day.