“Wait Till the Ship Comes Home”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: love separation courting age lastwill money death
Found in: Ireland

Description

"Jack went away to sea one day and left his Polly behind." An old man comes courting Polly. She refuses, saying "Wait till the ship comes home." At last word arrives that the ship is home and Jack safe. The old man dies and leaves Polly his money

Notes

Sort of an Irish version of the story of Penelope.... - RBW

References

  1. SHenry H481, pp. 484-485, "Wait till the Ship Comes Home" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9055
  3. BI, HHH481