The barque in the harbour

John Hennessy
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The barque in the harbour, song (The barque in the harbour, I went roaming on shore …)

Also known as “The Spanish lass,” “The young Spanish lass,” and “The Indian lass,” this broadside ballad probably has its origins in 1820s Britain (Guigné 2016:347). It tells the story of a sailor who goes ashore, meets a local woman, and then leaves her to return home.