“The Gentle Boy (Why Don't Father's Ship Come In)”
"As I roved out one evening As I sat down to rest, I saw a boy scarce four years old Sleep on his mother's breast." They tell about his father who sailed away and was lost in a hurricane. "They cast their eyes to heaven and son and mother died."
- cf. "The Rocks of Scilly" [Laws K8] (theme)
- Greenleaf/Mansfield 113, "The Gentle Boy" (1 text)
- Peacock, pp. 795-796, "The Ship That Never Came" (1 text, 1 tune)
- Lehr/Best 120, "Why Don't Father's Ship Come In?" (1 text, 1 tune)
- Roud #2973
- BI, GrMa113