Maiden And The Selkie

Heather Dale

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verse 1 
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Once a fair and handsome seal-lord lay his foot upon the sand 
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For to woo the fisher’s daughter and to claim her marriage hand 
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I have come in from the ocean, I have come in from the sea 
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And I’ll not go to the waves, love, lest ye come along with me 


verse 2 
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Lord, long have I loved you as a selkie on the foam 
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I would gladly go and wed ye and be lady of your home 
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But I cannot go in to ocean, I cannot go into the sea 
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I would drown beneath you waves love if I went along with thee 


verse 3 
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Lady, long have I loved you: I would have you from my wife 
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I shall stay upon your shore land though it robs me of my life 
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I’ll never go back to the ocean, never go back to the sea 
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I shall stay one night beside you though it be the death of me 


verse 4 
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Lord I cannot go and wed thee all to watch my lover die 
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Since I’ll not be left a widow I have a plan for us to try 
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Let us speak with my grandmother who’s ever dwelt beside the sea 
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She may know some trick or treasure that I may wed my fair selkie 


Verse 5 
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So they’ve gone to her grandmother’s little cottage by the sea 
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To inquire how the maiden could be wed to her selkie 
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For the seal-lord’s watery kingdom’d surely rob her of her breath 
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But to stay on land past midnight, that would surely be his death 


Verse 6 
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Lord I know not how to aid you, you may never live on shore 
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For your kind to live past dawning has never been seen before 
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But my mother had a seal coat that she buried ‘neath a tree 
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For she told me any wearer would become a fair selkie 


Verse 7 
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So they’ve journeyed farther inland though the seal-lord’s getting weak 
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And she’s shouldering a shovel to unearth that thing they seek 
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And at the rising of the full moon, underneath the elfin oak 
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She’s unearthed that very treasure of which her grandmother spoke 


Verse 8 
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So just before the stroke of midnight they have made it back to sea 
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And she’s donned that magic seal-coat and become a maid selkie 
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Now they’ve gone into the ocean, hand in hand into the sea 
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She has gone along, a fair seal-bride for her selkie 

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