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THE SANDGATE GIRL'S LAMENTATION, by                    
First Line: I was a young maid truly
Last Line: And my good days are all done
Subject(s): Lament;marriage; Weddings;husbands;wives


I was a young maid truly,
And lived in Sandgate Street.
I thought to marry a good man
To keep me warm at neet.
He's an ugly body, a bubbly body,
An ill-fared, hideous loon;
And I have married a keelman,
And my good days are done.
I thought to marry a parson
To hear me say my prayers:
But I have married a keelman
And he kicks me down the stairs.
I thought to marry a dyer
To die my apron blue;
But I have married a keelman
And he makes me sorely rue.
I thought to marry a joiner
To make me chair and stool;
But I have married a keelman,
And he's a perfect fool.
I thought to marry a sailor
To bring me sugar and tea;
But I have married a keelman
And that he lets me see.
He's an ugly body, a bubbly body,
An ill-fared, hideous loon;
And I have married a keelman,
And my good days are done.






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