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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleEmigrant ship
Roud No.21201
Collected FromGrubb, George
LocationEwen
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No. Gl 86
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 26th February, 1916, p 3, Part 20, No. 11
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Beneath the rude and restless wave,
Many brave men have found their grave;
This transport ship, when tempest tost,
At length went down, with all hands lost.

Verse 2

This emigrant ship - how sad to hear!
Five hundred souls were lost with fear;
They left behind them old England's ground,
To New Zealand they were bound.

Verse 3

This gallant ship, which fate deplored,
Had near five hundred souls on board;
That was a dreadful death to meet,
A burning ship beneath your feet.

Verse 4

When fire and water both combined,
The raging flames and roaring wind;
It seized upon the doomed ship,
When fear stood on each trembling lip.

Verse 5

There men and women, of a hardy crew,
One hundred and sixty children too;
The ship was burnt upon the sea,
And launched them into eternity.

Verse 6

Many a mother you know was there,
Whose heart was broken with despair;
God only knows what it is to be,
In an open boat ten days at sea.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This, as the words of the song itself imply was written upon the loss of an emigrant ship bound for New Zealand, in the earlier part of the last century. I have heard it but once, i.e. at Ewen near Cirencester, where it is remembered by George Grubb, shepherd.'

Note 2

George Grubb is described elsewhere as 'formerly of South Marston'.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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