The Sweet Trinity (The Golden Vanity)

No: 286; variant: 286A

  1. SIR WALTER RAWLEIGH has built a ship, In the Neatherlands Sir Walter Rawleigh has built a ship, In the Neather-lands And it is called The Sweet Trinity, And was taken by the false gallaly. Sailing in the Low-lands
  2. ‘Is there never a seaman bold In the Neather-lands Is there never a seaman bold In the Neather-lands That will go take this false gallaly, And to redeem The Sweet Trinity?’ Sailing, etc.
  3. Then spoke the little ship-boy; In the Neather-lands Then spoke the little ship-boy; In the Neather-lands ‘Master, master, what will you give me And I will take this false gallaly, And release The Sweet Trinity?’ Sailing, etc.
  4. ‘I’ll give thee gold, and I’le give thee fee, In the Neather-lands I’ll give thee gold and I’le give thee fee, In the Neather-lands And my eldest daughter thy wife shall be.’ Sailing, etc.
  5. He set his breast, and away he did swim, Until he came to the false gallaly.
  6. He had an augor fit for the [n]once, The which will bore fifteen good holes at once.
  7. Some ware at cards, and some at dice, Until the salt water flashd in their eyes.
  8. Some cut their hats, and some cuth their caps, For to stop the salt-water gaps.
  9. He set his breast, and away did swim, Until he came to his own ship again.
  10. ‘I have done the work I promised to do, For I have sunk the false gallaly, And released The Sweet Trinity.
  11. ‘You promised me gold, and you promised me fee, Your eldest daughter my wife she must be.’
  12. ‘You shall have gold, and you shall have fee, But my eldest daughter you wife shall never be.’ For sailing, etc.
  13. ‘Then fare you well, you cozening lord, Seeling you are not so good as your word.’ For sailing, etc.
  14. And thus I shall conclude my song, Of the sailing in the Low-lands Wishing all happiness too all seamen both old and young. In their sailing in the Low-lands