The Bold Fisherman

As I walked out one May morning
Down by the riverside
There I beheld a bold fisherman
Come a-rowing with the tide
Come a-rowing with the tide
There I beheld a bold fisherman
Come a-rowing with the tide.

Good morning to you bold fisherman
How came you fishing here
I came here a fishing for your sweet sake
All on this river clear
All on this river clear
I came here a fishing for your sweet sake
All on this river clear.

He lashed his boat unto a stake
And to this lady went
He took her by the lilywhite hand
Which was his full intent
Which was his full intent
He took her by the lilywhite hand
Which was his full intent.

He then unfolded his morning gown
And so gently laid it down
There she beheld three chains of gold
Hang a-dangling three times round
Hang a-dangling three times round
There she beheld three chains of gold
Hang a-dangling three times round.

She then fell on her bended knees
And so loud for mercy called
In calling you a bold fisherman
I fear you are some lord
I fear you are some lord
In calling you a bold fisherman
I fear you are some lord.

Rise up rise up rise up said he
From off your bended knees
There is not one word that you have said
That has offended me
That has offended me
There is not one word that you have said
That has offended me.

I will take you to my father’s house
And married you shall be
Then you will have a bold fisherman
To row you on the sea
To row you on the sea
Then you will have a bold fisherman
To row you on the sea.

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