“The Belfast Sailor”
A Belfast lass asks her sailor lover to stay at home. The ship sails for Newfoundland "till taken slaves to end our days all in a Turkish galley." They are tortured. The sailor writes "the Turks they are so cruel ... so fare thee well, my jewel"
Laws re O26: "A merchant ship from Bristol is captured by a Turkish rover and all its men are made slaves." The ballads have no lines in common.
Broadsides Bodleian Harding B 22(147) and Bodleian Harding B 25(1167) mention in passing that her father is a rich merchant. - BS
- cf. "The Turkish Lady" [Laws O26] (theme)
- cf. "La Jeune Fille si Amoureuse (The Girl So In Love)" (theme)
- Bodleian, Harding B 22(147), "The Lass of Belfast", J. Pitts (London), 1802-1819; also Harding B 25(1167), "Lovers All"
- Ranson, p. 105, "The Belfast Sailor" (1 text)
- BI, Ran105