MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Andrew Davidson
John A. McLellan NFLD 1 Tape 17 Track 9
St. Georges Audio:
Ballad / Shipwreck

The shores of Fife in Scotland in a little village where
Lived a man who was a Christian serving God with all his care
He was not a man of honour but a simple fisherman … (speaks) How's that?
Driving hard to earn a living his name was Andrew Davidson

He was captain of a vessel and he claimed her as his own.
Fitted well with what was needful she was called the Rose of June
And with eager expectation looking forward to the day
When the time would come for fishing and the Rose would sail away

Oh that night the storm came raging all along the rugged shore
The winds were blowing swiftly and the angry billows roared
Many a ship being tossed and driven but the crew so true and brave
Trusting on that God would see them from a seaman's watery grave

All along the shore next morning crowded men and women too
Watching there with eyes afflicted watching there in sight to view
Watching there with eyes afflicted till this eager sight was seen
One by one they reached the harbour one by one they gathered in

One by one they reached the harbour from that morning until noon
All at anchor there in safety all but one, the Rose of June
Which were driven by that tempest and a total wreck had been
Far away from hope and loved ones in a dark and dismal gleam

Andrew Davidson our captain and a goodly man was he
Let us lift God praise together and they all at once began

My God I am thine, what a comfort divine
What a blessing to know that my Jesus is mine
Hallelujah, sing to glory, Hallelujah, amen
Hallelujah, sing to glory, revive us again

Just as those lines were ended when the big sea burst her side
Washed out captain from his holding and he sank beneath the tide
Let his soul go on forth heaven join his friends and shipmates there
Welcomed by a loving saviour who will have eternal care

Up speaks our mate John Adams who had all his sins forgiven
"Let us sing God praise together for our captain is in heaven."
And they all at once began:

My God I am thine, what a comfort divine
What a blessing to know that my Jesus is mine
Hallelujah, sing to glory, Hallelujah, amen
Hallelujah, sing to glory, revive us again


Notes

NOTES

Sources:

History: A Scottish ballad.

Text notes: The Rose of June is shipwrecked in a storm. The crew sing hymns as they prepare to die.

Tune notes: A very deliberate performance in 4/4 metre; major key with a phrase repetition pattern, abacd.

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