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
For the day it is spent and the night is on."
She heaved a sigh, while the tears did roll
|: "For my dark-eyed sailor, :|
So young and stout and bold.
3. "'Tis seven long years since he left the land,
A ring he took from off his lily-white hand
One half of the ring is still here with me,
|: But the other's rolling, :|
At the bottom of the sea."
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,
Although we're parted this many a year.
Genteel he was and rake like you,
|: To induce a maiden, :|
To slight the jacket blue."
6. One half of the ring did young William show,
She ran distracted in grief and woe,
Saying, "William, William, I have gold in store
|: For my dark-eyed sailor, :|
Has proved his overthrow."
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.