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Joe Offer Origins: Grace Darling (from Walter Pardon) (20) ADD Version: Grace Darling [Harding B13(240)] 22 Feb 19


There are two versions at Bodleian Ballads
Here's Harding B13(240). Harding B11(4158) is identical. Wish I knew how to tell the dates these broadsides were printed.

GRACE DARLING

'Twas at the Longstone Lighthouse there dwelt an English maid,
Pure as the air around her, of danger ne'er afraid.
One morning just at daybreak a storm-tossed crew she spied.
Although to try seemed madness, I'll save the crew, she said.

CHORUS:
And she pulled away o'er the rolling sea, over the waters blue.
Help, help: she could hear the cry of the shipwrecked crew;
But Grace had an English heart, as the raging storm she braved;
And she pulled away o'er the dashing spray, and the crew she saved.

They to the rocks were clinging, a crew of nine all told,
Between them and the lighthouse the seas like mountains rolled.
Cried Grace, Come help me, father, to launch the boat, said she.
Tis madness, cried her father, to face that raging sea.

CHORUS

One murmured prayer, Heaven guard us, and then they were afloat.
Between them and destruction the planks of that frail boat.
Up spoke the maiden's father, Return, or doomed are we.
But up spoke brave Grace Darling, Alone I'll brave the sea.

They bravely rode the billows, and reached the rock at length,
And saved those storm-tossed sailors, in heaven alone their strength.
Go tell the wide world over what British pluck can do,
And sing of brave Grace Darling who nobly saved that crew.

Gee, it's almost the same as what's in Palmer. I wish I knew the date of this broadside.


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