Emigration and Free Settlers view 1



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A new song to an old tune
Tune: In The Strand

SITE SOURCE: GOLD, EMIGRATION AND FREE SELECTION

Song of The Maidens

Oh let us get married, says Mary to Ann,
Oh let us get married as quick as we can;
If a gentleman comes, and he offers his hand,
We will give him our hearts for the sake of the land.

Land, land, land, land
If a gentleman comes, and he offers his hand,
We ill give him our hearts for the sake of the land.

ANN (in a whisper)
They say that the governor’s going away –
They say so indeed; but old D-ddy M—y
Has plenty of daughters – has 6 of them – and
They’ll all have a dower of excellent land.

MARY (in an under voice)
Till they are all married, (I think I may say,
Before that does happen, ’twill be a long day;)
He’ll remember the order, will think of it; and
Will get all his daughters two sections of land.

ANN (fearfully and feelingly)
But oh! Should it happen old D—ddy M—y
Should go with our Governor, when he goes away,
‘Tis all up with us then; alas! Mary –and
‘Tis folly to think we should get any land

MARY (satisfactorily)
I care not a pin what the governor does,
For we have no cause for making a fuss,
For when we are married, we’ve sheep, cattle, and
Twelve hundred and eighty acres of land

ANN (satirically
Let’s sing of his wisdom- let’s roar out his praise
Let’s pray for Paternoster to lengthen his days –
Let’s haul up his fatherly kindness, and –
We may then have two sections of capital loaned

MARY (Conclusively)
Then let us get married as quick as we can,
Let’s set up our caps at each gentleman,
When he [pops us the question, be quite bashful, and
We’ll say no, but mean yes – for the sake of the land.