Sir Patrick Spens

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The King sits in Dunfirmline town, 
Drinking of the blood-red wine
"Where can I get a steely skipper 
To sail this might boat of mine?"

Then up there spoke a bonny boy, 
Sitting at the King's right knee
"Sir Patrick Spens is the very best seaman 
That ever sailed upon the sea"

The King has written a broad letter 
And sealed it up with his own right hand
Sending word unto Sir Patrick to come to him at his command

"An enemy then this must be 
Who told the lie concerning me
For I was never a very good seaman, 
Nor ever do intend to be"

"Last night I saw the new moon clear 
With the new moon in her hair
And that is a sign since we were born 
That means there'll be a deadly storm"

They had not sailed upon the deep a day, 
A day but barely free
When loud and boisterous blew the winds 
And loud and noisy blew the sea

Then up there came a mermaiden, 
A comb and glass all in her hand
"Here's to you my merry young men for you'll not see dry land again"

"Long may my lady stand 
Qith a lantern in her hand
Before she sees my bonny ship 
Come sailing homeward to dry land"

Forty miles off Aberdeen, 
The waters fifty fathoms deep
There lies good Sir Patrick Spens 
With the Scots lords at his feet

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