Ye muses mine now do combine and listen to my song
His wife she stepped on board with him dressed up in silks so fine
Her daughter followed after her just like some angel bright
On the fourteenth day of July last from Lisbon we set sail
The Marguerite was our ship's name she was a splendid boat
The farmers on the southern shore as you might understand
Then we squared our yards ran across the bay that dark and stormy night
Oh the fourteenth of September last it was a dismal sight
Our Captain was a Spaniard a man of note and fame
Sources: Mercer 180; Laws dD34;Blondahl 1964: 87; Doyle 1940: 38 and 1966: 63; Greenleaf 1968: 275; Lehr 176; for recordings by Omar Blondahl, Alan Mills, see Taft 94. A different tune from the one on this website was recorded by Anita Best on Crosshanded (Amber, 1997). Roud 4079.
History: Newfoundland song. The event described in this ballad is probably the loss of the Mayaquezanna (called here the Margrietta), a Spanish brig lost at Blackhead, near Cape Spear, on 14 August 1876. Both the captain and his wife were drowned (Lehr 177).
Text notes: A Spanish captain and his family bound for Newfoundland are shipwrecked near Cape Spear. The singer was one of the crew.
Tune notes: Contemporary singer/folklorist, Anita Best, describes her version of this song as "typical of the 'heave-it-out-of-ya' type of singing so favoured by many Placentia Bay singers" (Lehr 177). The version performed here is sung freely with changes of metre. Last two verses difficult to understand because of whistle on tape.
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