THE soonest mended, nothing said ;
And help may rise from east or west ;
But my two hands are lumps of lead,
My heart sits leaden in my breast.
O north wind swoop not from the north,
O south wind linger in the south,
Oh come not raving raging forth,
To bring my heart into my mouth ;
For I've a husband out at sea,
Afloat on feeble planks of wood ;
He does not know what fear may be ;
I would have told him if I could.
I would have locked him in my arms,
I would have hid him in my heart;
For oh ! the waves are fraught with harms,
And he and I so far apart.