What Will You Do, Love? By Samuel Lover

The following is reproduced from Naval Songs, edited by Stephen Bleecker (New York: W. A. Pond, 1905, reprint Portland, Maine: Longwood Press, 1976), p. 43.

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Transcription of the Lyrics

What will you do, love, when I am going,
With white sails flowing
The seas beyond?
What will you do, love, when waves divide us,
And friends may chide us
for being fond?

Tho waves divide us, and friends be chiding,
In faith abiding,
I'll still be true,
And I'll pray for thee on the stormy ocean,
In deep devotion,
That's what I'll do.

What would you do, love, if distant tidings,
Thy fond confidings
Should undermine,
And I, abiding 'neath sultry skies,
Should think other eyes
Were as bright as thine?

Oh! Name it not, tho' guilt and shame
Were on thy name
I'd still be true!
But that heart of thine, should another share it,
I could not bear it,
What would I do?

What would you do, love, when home returning,
With hopes high burning,
With wealth for you,
If my bark that bounded o'er foreign foam,
Should be lost near home,
Ah! What would you do?

So thou wert spared, I'd bless the morrow,
In want and sorrow,
That left me you!
And I'd welcome thee from the wasting billow,
This heart thy pillow,
That's what I'd do.

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