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Title: Songs of the West - Folk Songs of Devon & Cornwall Collected from the Mouths of the People
Author: Bussell, F. W., Baring-Gould, S. (Sabine), Sheppard, H. Fleetwood
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SONGS OF THE WEST

FOLK SONGS OF DEVON & CORNWALL

COLLECTED FROM THE MOUTHS OF THE PEOPLE


BY

S. BARING-GOULD, M.A.

H. FLEETWOOD SHEPPARD, M.A.

AND

F.W. BUSSELL, MUS. DOC. D.D.


UNDER THE MUSICAL EDITORSHIP OF

CECIL J. SHARP

PRINCIPAL OF THE HAMPSTEAD CONSERVATOIRE


FIFTH EDITION IN ONE VOLUME


  METHUEN & CO. LTD.
  36 ESSEX STREET W.C.
  LONDON


  _Originally issued in Four Parts in  1890_
  _First Published in One Volume in    1892_
  _New and Revised Edition  October    1905_
  _Reprinted                April      1913_



  TO
  THE MEMORY OF
  THE LATE
  D. RADFORD, Esq., J.P.,
  OF MOUNT TAVY,
  AT WHOSE HOSPITABLE TABLE THE
  MAKING OF THIS COLLECTION
  WAS FIRST PLANNED
  ALSO
  TO THAT OF
  THE REV. H. FLEETWOOD SHEPPARD, M.A.,
  MY FELLOW WORKER IN THIS FIELD FOR TWELVE YEARS



CONTENTS


       PREFACE--INTRODUCTION.
    1. BY CHANCE IT WAS.
    2. THE HUNTING OF ARSCOTT OF TETCOTT.
    3. UPON A SUNDAY MORNING.
    4. THE TREES THEY ARE SO HIGH.
    5. PARSON HOGG.
    6. COLD BLOWS THE WIND.
    7. THE SPRIG OF THYME.
    8. ROVING JACK THE JOURNEYMAN.
    9. BRIXHAM TOWN.
   10. GREEN BROOM.
   11. AS JOHNNY WALKED OUT.
   12. THE MILLER AND HIS SONS.
   13. ORMOND THE BRAVE.
   14. JOHN BARLEYCORN.
   15. SWEET NIGHTINGALE.
   16. WIDDECOMBE FAIR.
   17. YE MAIDENS PRETTY.
   18. THE SILLY OLD MAN.
   19. THE MONTHS OF THE YEAR.
   20. THE CHIMNEY SWEEP.
   21. THE SAUCY SAILOR.
   22. BLUE MUSLIN.
   23. THE DEATH OF PARKER.
   24. THE HELSTON FURRY DANCE.
   25. BLOW AWAY YE MORNING BREEZES.
   26. THE HEARTY GOOD FELLOW.
   27. THE BONNY BUNCH OF ROSES.
   28. THE LAST OF THE SINGERS.
   29. THE TYTHE PIG.
   30. OLD WICHET.
   31. JAN'S COURTSHIP.
   32. THE DROWNED LOVER.
   33. CHILDE THE HUNTER.
   34. THE COTTAGE WELL THATCH'D WITH STRAW.
   35. CICELY SWEET.
   36. A SWEET PRETTY MAIDEN SAT UNDER A TREE.
   37. THE WHITE COCKADE.
   38. THE SAILOR'S FAREWELL.
   39. A MAIDEN SAT A WEEPING.
   40. THE BLUE KERCHIEF.
   41. COME TO MY WINDOW.
   42. TOMMY A LYNN.
   43. THE GREEN BUSHES.
   44. THE BROKEN TOKEN.
   45. THE MOLE CATCHER.
   46. THE KEENLY LODE.
   47. MAY-DAY CAROL.
   48. THE LOVER'S TASKS.
   49. LULLABYE.
   50. THE GIPSY COUNTESS. _In Two Parts._
   51. THE GREY MARE.
   52. THE WRECK OFF SCILLY.
   53. HENRY MARTYN.
   54. PLYMOUTH SOUND.
   55. THE FOX.
   56. FURZE BLOOM.
   57. THE OXEN PLOUGHING.
   58. FLORA, THE LILY OF THE WEST. _In F_ [Transcriber's Note: D minor.]
         "     "   "   "   "   "    _In G_
   60. FAIR LADY PITY ME.
   61. THE PAINFUL PLOUGH.
   62. AT THE SETTING OF THE SUN.
   63. ALL JOLLY FELLOWS THAT FOLLOW THE PLOUGH.
   64. THE GOLDEN VANITY.
   65. THE BOLD DRAGOON.
   66. TRINITY SUNDAY.
   67. THE BLUE FLAME.
   68. STRAWBERRY FAIR.
   69. THE COUNTRY FARMER'S SON.
   70. THE HOSTESS' DAUGHTER.
   71. THE JOLLY GOSS-HAWK.
   72. THE SONG OF THE MOOR.
   73. ON A MAY MORNING SO EARLY.
   74. THE SPOTTED COW.
   75. THREE JOVIAL WELSHMEN.
   76. WELL MET, WELL MET, MY OWN TRUE LOVE.
   77. POOR OLD HORSE.
   78. THE DILLY SONG.
   79. A COUNTRY DANCE.
   80. CONSTANT JOHNNY.
   81. THE DUKE'S HUNT.
   82. THE BELL-RINGING.
   83. A NUTTING WE WILL GO.
   84. DOWN BY A RIVER-SIDE.
   85. THE BARLEY-RAKINGS.
   86. A SHIP CAME SAILING OVER THE SEA.
   87. THE RAMBLING SAILOR.
   88. WILLIE COMBE.
   89. MIDSUMMER CAROL.
   90. THE BLACKBIRD.
   91. THE GREEN BED.
   92. THE LOYAL LOVER.
   93. THE STREAMS OF NANTSIAN.
   94. THREE DRUNKEN MAIDENS.
   95. TOBACCO IS AN INDIAN WEED.
   96. FAIR SUSAN SLUMBERED.
   97. THE FALSE BRIDE.
   98. BARLEY STRAW.
   99. DEATH AND THE LADY.
  100. BOTH SEXES GIVE EAR TO MY FANCY.
  101. I RODE MY LITTLE HORSE.
  102. AMONG THE NEW-MOWN HAY.
  103. I'LL BUILD MYSELF A GALLANT SHIP.
  104. COLLY, MY COW.
  105. WITHIN A GARDEN.
  106. THE BONNY BIRD.
  107. THE LADY AND APPRENTICE.
  108. PAUL JONES.
  109. THE MERRY HAYMAKERS.
  110. IN BIBBERLY TOWN.
  111. THE MARIGOLD.
  112. ARTHUR LE BRIDE.
  113. THE KEEPER.
  114. THE QUEEN OF HEARTS.
  115. THE OWL.
  116. MY MOTHER DID SO BEFORE ME.
  117. A WEEK'S WORK WELL DONE.
  118. THE OLD MAN CAN'T KEEP HIS WIFE AT HOME.
  119. SWEET, FAREWELL!
  120. OLD ADAM, THE POACHER.
  121. EVENING PRAYER.
       NOTES ON THE SONGS.



ALPHABETICAL INDEX OF SONGS


                                                         No.      Page

  A MAIDEN SAT A WEEPING                                  39        78
  AMONG THE NEW MOWN HAY                                 102       208
  ALL JOLLY FELLOWS THAT FOLLOW THE PLOUGH                63       130
  A NUTTING WE WILL GO                                    83       170
  ARTHUR LE BRIDE                                        112       228
  A SHIP CAME SAILING                                     86       176
  AS JOHNNY WALKED OUT                                    11        22
  A SWEET PRETTY MAIDEN                                   36        72
  AT THE SETTING OF THE SUN                               62       128
  A WEEK'S WORK WELL DONE                                117       238

  BARLEY RAKING, THE                                      85       174
  BARLEY STRAW, THE                                       98       200
  BELL RINGING, THE                                       82       168
  BIBBERLY TOWN, IN                                      110       224
  BLACKBIRD, THE                                          90       184
  BLOW AWAY YE MORNING BREEZES                            25        50
  BLUE FLAME, THE                                         67       138
  BLUE KERCHIEF                                           40        80
  BLUE MUSLIN                                             22        44
  BOLD DRAGOON, THE                                       65       134
  BONNY BIRD, THE                                        106       216
  BONNY BUNCH OF ROSES, THE                               27        54
  BOTH SEXES GIVE EAR TO MY FANCY                        100       204
  BRIXHAM TOWN                                             9        18
  BROKEN TOKEN, THE                                       44        88
  BY CHANCE IT WAS                                         1         2

  CHILDE THE HUNTER                                       33        66
  CHIMNEY SWEEP, THE                                      20        40
  CICELY SWEET                                            35        70
  COLD BLOWS THE WIND                                      6        12
  COLLY, MY COW                                          104       212
  COME TO MY WINDOW                                       41        82
  CONSTANT JOHNNY                                         80       164
  COTTAGE WELL THATCHED WITH STRAW, THE                   34        68
  COUNTRY DANCE, A                                        79       162
  COUNTRY FARMER'S SON, THE                               69       142

  DEATH AND THE LADY                                      99       202
  DEATH OF PARKER                                         23        46
  DILLY SONG, THE                                         78       160
  DOWN BY A RIVER SIDE                                    84       172
  DROWNED LOVER, THE                                      32        64
  DRUNKEN MAIDENS                                         94       192
  DUKE'S HUNT, THE                                        81       166

  EVENING PRAYER, THE                                    121       246

  FAIR LADY PITY ME                                       60       124
  FAIR SUSAN SLUMBERED                                    96       196
  FALSE BRIDE, THE                                        97       198
  FLORA, THE LILY OF THE WEST                             58  118, 120
  FOX, THE                                                55       112
  FURZE BLOOM                                             56       114

  GIPSY COUNTESS, THE                                     50       100
  GOLDEN VANITY, THE                                      64       132
  GREEN BED, THE                                          91       186
  GREEN BROOM                                             10        20
  GREEN BUSHES, THE                                       43        86
  GREY MARE, THE                                          51       104

  HEARTY GOOD FELLOW, THE                                 26        52
  HELSTON FURRY DANCE, THE                                24        48
  HENRY MARTYN                                            53       108
  HOSTESS' DAUGHTER, THE                                  70       144
  HUNTING OF ARSCOTT, THE                                  2         4

  I'LL BUILD MYSELF A GALLANT SHIP                       103       210
  IN BIBBERLY TOWN                                       110       224
  I RODE MY LITTLE HORSE                                 101       206

  JAN'S COURTSHIP                                         31        62
  JOHN BARLEYCORN                                         14        28
  JOLLY FELLOWS THAT FOLLOW THE PLOUGH                    63       130
  JOLLY GOSS-HAWK, THE                                    71       146

  KEENLY LODE, THE                                        46        92
  KEEPER, THE                                            113       230

  LADY AND APPRENTICE, THE                               107       218
  LAST OF THE SINGERS, THE                                28        56
  LOVER'S TASKS, THE                                      48        96
  LOYAL LOVER, THE                                        92       188
  LULLABY                                                 49        98

  MAIDEN SAT A-WEEPING, A                                 39        78
  MARIGOLD, THE                                          111       226
  MAY DAY CAROL                                           47        94
  MERRY HAYMAKERS, THE                                   109       222
  MIDSUMMER CAROL, A                                      89       182
  MILLER AND HIS SONS, THE                                12        24
  MOLE CATCHER, THE                                       45        90
  MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THE                                 19        38
  MY MOTHER DID SO BEFORE ME                             116       236

  OLD ADAM THE POACHER                                   120       244
  OLD MAN CAN'T KEEP HIS WIFE AT HOME, THE               118       240
  OLD WICHET                                              30        60
  ON A MAY MORNING                                        73       150
  ORMOND THE BRAVE                                        13        26
  OWL, THE                                               115       234
  OXEN PLOUGHING, THE                                     57       116

  PAINFUL PLOUGH, THE                                     61       128
  PARSON HOGG                                              5        10
  PAUL JONES                                             108       220
  PLYMOUTH SOUND                                          54       110
  POOR OLD HORSE                                          77       158

  QUEEN OF HEARTS, THE                                   114       232

  RAMBLING SAILOR, THE                                    87       178
  ROVING JACK                                              8        16

  SAILOR'S FAREWELL, THE                                  38        76
  SAUCY SAILOR, THE                                       21        42
  SILLY OLD MAN, THE                                      18        36
  SIMPLE PLOUGHBOY, THE                                   59       122
  SONG OF THE MOOR, THE                                   72       148
  SPOTTED COW, THE                                        74       152
  SPRIG OF THYME, THE                                      7        14
  STRAWBERRY FAIR                                         68       140
  STREAMS OF NANTSIAN, THE                                93       190
  SWEET FAREWELL                                         119       242
  SWEET NIGHTINGALE                                       15        30

  THREE DRUNKEN MAIDENS, THE                              94       192
  THREE JOVIAL WELSHMEN                                   75       154
  TOBACCO                                                 95       194
  TOMMY A LYNN                                            42        84
  TREES THEY ARE SO HIGH, THE                              4         8
  TRINITY SUNDAY                                          66       136
  TYTHE PIG, THE                                          29        58

  UPON A SUNDAY MORNING                                    3         6

  WELL MET! WELL MET!                                     76       156
  WHITE COCKADE, THE                                      37        74
  WIDDECOMBE FAIR                                         16        32
  WILLY COMBE                                             88       189
  WITHIN A GARDEN                                        105       214
  WRECK OFF SCILLY, THE                                   52       106
  WEEK'S WORK WELL DONE, A                               117       238

  YE MAIDENS PRETTY                                       17        34



PREFACE


In this Edition of "SONGS OF THE WEST," some considerable changes
have been made. When the first edition was issued, we had to catch
the public taste, and to humour it. Accordingly the choruses were
arranged in four parts, and some of the Songs were set as duets
and quartettes. But now that real interest in Folk airs has been
awakened, we have discarded this feature.

Moreover, a good many accompanists complained that the arrangements
were too elaborate, except for very skilled pianoforte players. We
have now simplified the settings.

Then, we have omitted twenty-two songs, and have supplied their
places with others, either because the others are intrinsically
better, or that they have earlier and more characteristic melodies,
or again because the songs though sung by the people, did not seem to
us to have been productions of the folk-muse.

Again, when our first edition was published, modal melodies were not
appreciated, and we had regretfully to put many aside and introduce
more of the airs of a modern character. Public taste is a little
healthier now, and musicians have multiplied who can value these
early melodies. Consequently we have not felt the same reserve now
that we did in 1889.



INTRODUCTION


Dorothy Osborne, in a letter to Sir William Temple, in 1653, thus
describes her daily home life. "The heat of the day is spent in
reading or working, and about six or seven o'clock I walk out into
a common that lies hard by the house, where a great many young
wenches keep sheep or cows, and sit in the shade singing ballads.
I go to them and compare their voices and beauties to some ancient
shepherdesses that I have read of, and find a vast difference there;
but trust me these are as innocent as those could be. I talk to them,
and find they want nothing to make them the happiest people in the
world but the knowledge that they are so. Most commonly, when we are
in the midst of our discourse, one looks about her, and spies her
cows going into the corn, and then away they all run as if they had
wings to their heels." ("Letters of Dorothy Osborne," London, 1888,
p. 103.)

Before that Sir Thomas Overbury, in his "Character of a Milkmaid,"
had written: "She dares go alone and unfold her sheep in the night,
and fears no manner of ill, because she means none: yet, to say
truth, she is never alone, she is still accompanied with old songs,
honest thoughts, and prayers, but short ones."

During the reign of Queen Mary, the Princess Elizabeth was kept
under close guard and restraint, but was suffered to walk in the
palace grounds. "In this situation," says Holinshed, "no marvel if
she, hearing upon a time, out of her garden at Woodstock, a certain
milkmaid singing pleasantlie, wished herself to be a milkmaid as she
was; saying that her case was better, and life merrier." So Viola, in
Fletcher's play, "The Coxcombe," 1647:

               "Would to God, my father
     Had lived like one of these, and bred me up
     To milk, and do as they do! Methinks 'tis
     A life that I would chuse, if I were now
     To tell my time again, above a prince's."

The milkmaid, and the girls guarding sheep and cows are things of
the past, and with them have largely departed their old ballads and
songs. Tusser, in his "Points on Huswifry," in 1570, recommends the
country housewife to select her maids from those who sing at their
work as being usually the most painstaking and the best.

     "Such servants are oftenest painsfull and good,
     That sing at their labours, like birds in a wood."

Nowadays, domestic servants sing nothing but hymns, and the use of
ballads and folksongs has died out among farm girls, and these are
to be recovered only where there are village industries as basket
weaving, glove sewing, and the like.

But the old men sing their ancient ditties, or did so till within
the last fifty years. Now they are no longer called on for them, but
they remember them, and with a little persuasion can be induced to
render them up. When I was a boy, I was wont to ride over and about
Dartmoor, and to put up at little village taverns. There I was sure
in the evening to hear one or two men sing, and should it be a pay
day, sing hour after hour, one song following another with little
intermission.

There was an institution at mines and quarries called a _fetching_.
It occurred every fortnight. The men left work early, and went to
the changing room; stone jars of ale were brought thither from the
nearest public house. Each man filled his mug, and each in turn,
before emptying it, was required to sing. On such occasions many a
fine old ballad was to be picked up. There was also the farm-supper
after harvest, at which the workmen sang. Now the suppers have been
discontinued. Ringer's feasts, happily, still remain, and at them a
good old ditty may be heard. But most of the old singers with their
traditional ballads set to ancient modal melodies have passed away.

In "Poems, etc.," by Henry Incledon Johns, published by subscription,
Devonport, 1832, is the following interesting passage. He is
describing a night spent in an inn on the borders of Dartmoor; he
met farmers and labourers. "One of the party I observed never took
any share in the conversation, but appeared to have been invited
there for the sole purpose of singing to them. He sang a great number
of ballads, making up in loudness for what he lacked in melody. I
thought it betrayed rather a want of courtesy that his auditors
continued to talk while he sang, and no less remarkable, that they
never expressed either applause or disapprobation of his strains.
Now and then, one or two of them would join in a line of chorus, but
it seemed to be done in a sort of parenthesis, and the thread of the
conversation was immediately resumed as vehemently as ever.... I
gleaned the following scraps of the border minstrelsy of Dartmoor:

     'There was an old man as blind as blind could be,
     He swore he saw the fox go up a great tree.'

     'There was one among them all
     That's slender, fair and tall,
     With a black and rolling eye,
     And a skin of lily dye.'

     'A bonny lass I courted full many a long day,
     And dearly I loved to be in her sweet company.'

(The lover then describes the progress of his suit, which proves
unsuccessful, and concludes thus:--)

     'Go, dig me a pit, that is long, large, and deep,
     And I'll lay myself down, and take a long sleep.
               And that's the way to forget her.'

"The air to the latter was rather plaintive, and from the lips of
some siren might have been entitled to an _encore_, but the voice
which now gave it utterance only added another to many previous
proofs that the English are not a musical people. The minstrel was
in appearance one of the most athletic men I have ever seen, and
although seventy-five years of age, would still, as I subsequently
learnt, perform a day's work better than most of the young men of the
parish. He was a pauper, but in great respect among the neighbouring
rustics for his vocal powers. His auditory were moor-farmers with
countenances as rugged and weather-beaten as the rocks among which
they live."

It is not a little interesting to know that some seventy years after
this recorded evening we were able to recover two of the songs which
Mr. Johns gives somewhat inaccurately; and both are included in this
collection. The first is "The Three Jovial Welshmen," No. 75; and the
last is "The False Bride," No. 97.

One of my old singers, James Olver, was the son of very strict
Wesleyans. When he was a boy, he was allowed to hear no music save
psalm and hymn tunes. But he was wont to creep out of his window at
night, and start away to the tavern where the miners congregated,
and listen to and heap up in his memory the songs he there heard. As
these were forbidden fruit they were all the more dearly prized and
surely remembered, and when he was a white-haired old man, he poured
them out to us.

Some forty or fifty years ago, it was customary when the corn was
cut, for the young men of a parish to agree together, and without
telling the farmer of their intention, to invade his harvest field,
work all night and stack his corn, whilst he slept. It was allowed
to leak out who had done him this favour, and in return, he invited
them with their lasses to sup and dance and make merry in a lighted
barn. Then famous old songs were sung. But all that good feeling is
at an end, and in its place exists a rankling hostility between the
tiller of the soil and his employer. Blame assuredly attaches to the
farmer for this condition of affairs, in that he has done away with
the farmhouse festivities in which workmen and employer took part.

One evening in 1888, I was dining with the late Mr. Daniel Radford,
of Mount Tavy, when the conversation turned to old Devonshire songs.
Some of those present knew "Widdecombe Fair," others remembered
"Arscott of Tetcott"; and all had heard many and various songs sung
at Hunt-suppers, at harvest and sheep-shearing feasts. My host turned
to me and said: "It is a sad thing that our folk-music should perish.
I wish you would set to work and collect it--gather up the fragments
that remain before all is lost!"

I undertook the task. I found that it was of little use going to most
farmers and yeoman. They sang the compositions of Hooke, Hudson, and
Dibden. But I learned that there were two notable old singing men
at South Brent, and I was aware that there was one moorland singing
farmer at Belstone, I was informed of this by J.D. Prickman, Esq., of
Okehampton. This man, Harry Westaway, knew many old songs. Moreover,
in my own neighbourhood was a totally illiterate hedger, in fact, he
could neither read nor write. He enjoyed no little local celebrity
as a song-man. His name was James Parsons, aged seventy-four, and
a son of a still more famous singer called "The Singing-machine,"
and grandson of another of the same fame. In fact, the profession
of song-man was hereditary in the family. At every country
entertainment, in olden times, at the public-house almost nightly,
for more than a century, one of these men of the Parsons' family had
not failed to attend, to sing as required for the entertainment of
the company. The _repertoire_ of the grandfather had descended to
old James. For how many generations before him the profession had
been followed I could not learn. James Parsons' ballad tunes were
of an early and archaic character. In fact, with few exceptions his
melodies were in the Gregorian modes. At one time Parsons and a man
named Voysey were working on the fringe of Dartmoor, and met in
the evening at the moorland tavern. Parsons boasted of the number
of songs he knew, and Voysey promised to give him a glass of ale
for every fresh one he sang. Parsons started with "The Outlandish
Knight," one song streamed forth after another, one glass after
another was emptied, and these men sat up the whole night, till
the sun rose, and the song-man's store was not then exhausted, but
Voysey's pocket was. I could hardly credit this tale when told me, so
I questioned Voysey, who had worked for my father and was working for
me. He laughed and confirmed the tale. "I ought to remember it," he
said, "for he cleared me clean out."

Many a pleasant evening have I spent with old Parsons, he in the
settle, sitting over the hall fire, I taking down the words of his
ballads, Mr. Sheppard or Mr. Bussell noting down his melodies.

But one day I heard that an accident had befallen Parsons. In cutting
"spears," _i.e._, pegs for thatching, on his knee he had cut into the
joint; and the village doctor told me he feared Parsons at his age
would never get over it. I sent for Mr. Bussell, and said to him: "We
shall lose our old singer, before we have quite drained him. Come
with me, and we will visit his cottage, and see what more we can get
from him." We went, and very pleased he was to sing to us from his
bed. "Old Wichet," No. 30, was one of the songs we then acquired from
him. Happily, the sturdy constitution of the man caused his recovery,
and he lived on for three years after this accident.

One day in November, I got a letter from the Vicar of South Brent,
in which he informed me that Robert Hard, a crippled stone-breaker
there, and one of my song-men, was growing very feeble. Without delay
I took the train, and arrived at South Brent Vicarage, just as the
party had finished breakfast. "Now," said I to the Vicar, "Lend me
your drawing room and the piano, and send for old Hard."

The stone breaker arrived, and I spent almost the whole day, that is,
till the dusk of evening fell, taking down his songs and melodies.
From him then, I had "The Cuckoo," that I have published in my
"Garland of Country Songs." A month later, poor old Hard was found
dead in a snowdrift by the roadside.

I had enlisted the services of such excellent musicians as the late
Rev. H. Fleetwood Sheppard, of Thurnscoe, Yorkshire, and Mr., now
the Rev. Doctor Bussell, Mus. Doc., and Vice-principal of Brazennose
[Transcriber's Note: Brasenose] College, Oxford, and we worked at
collecting, at South Brent, where besides Robert Hard, was John
Helmore, a miller, who died in the Ivy Bridge Workhouse in 1900;
also at Belstone, and we worked through the length and breadth of
Dartmoor. James Coaker,[1] a blind man of 89, in the heart of the
moor, very infirm, and able to leave his bed for a few hours of the
day only, was unable to sing, but could recite the words of ballads;
but Mr. J. Webb, captain of a mine hard by, knew his tunes, and could
very sweetly pipe them. On Blackdown, Mary Tavy, lived a mason,
Samuel Fone, he died in 1898. He had an almost inexhaustible supply.
Further songs were yielded by a singing blacksmith, John Woodrich, of
Woolacott Moor, Thrushleton, commonly known as "Ginger Jack"; also
by Roger Luxton, of Halwell, by James Olver, Tanner, Launceston, a
native of S. Kewe, Cornwall; by John Masters, of Bradstone, aged
83; by William Rice and John Rickards, both of Lamerton; by William
Friend, labourer, Lydford; Edmund Fry, thatcher, a native of Lezant,
Cornwall; Roger Hannaford, Widdecombe; Will and Roger Huggins,
Lydford; W. Bickle, Bridestowe; Matthew Baker, a poor cripple, Lew
Down; John Dingle, Coryton; J. Peake, tanner, Liskeard; and Mr. S.
Gilbert, the aged innkeeper of the "Falcon," Mawgan, in Pyder. More
were obtained from old singers at Two Bridges and Post Bridge on
Dartmoor, from others at Chagford, at Holne, and at South Brent. From
others again at Menheniot, Cornwall, and at Fowey. Some songs taken
down from moor men on Dartmoor, in or about 1868, were sent me by
W. Crossing, Esq., who knows Dartmoor better than any man living;
others by T.S. Cayzer, Esq., taken down in 1849. Miss Bidder, of
Stoke Flemming, most kindly searched her neighbourhood for old women
who knew ancient songs, and sent me what she obtained. We had several
rare old melodies from Sally Satterley,[2] now dead, of Huccaby
Bridge, Dartmoor. She had acquired them from her father, a crippled
fiddler.

[Footnote 1: I have given a memoir of this old man in my "Dartmoor
Idylls." (Methuen & Co., 1896).]

[Footnote 2: I have told the romantic story of the building of her
house in one day, "Jolly Lane Cott" in my "Dartmoor Idylls." The old
house has recently been pulled down and replaced by an ugly modern
cottage.]

Of the vast quantities of tunes that we have collected, perhaps a
third are very good, a third are good, and the remainder indifferent.
The singers are almost invariably illiterate and aged, and when they
die the tradition will be lost, for the present generation will
have nothing to do with these songs, especially such as are modal,
and supplant them with the vulgarest music hall compositions. The
melodies are far more precious than the words, and we have been
more concerned to rescue these than the words, which are often
common-place, and may frequently be found on broadside ballad sheets.
The words are less frequently of home growth than the airs, and over
and over again we came upon ballads already in print, but not to the
tunes to which they are sung elsewhere. There are, in fact, only a
few, such as "Cupid's Garden," "Bold General Wolf," "Lord Thomas and
the Fair Eleanor," "Barbara Allen," "Outward Bound," "The Mermaid,"
that retain the melodies to which sung in other parts of England.
But, "Tobacco is an Indian Weed," "Joans' Ale is New," "The Fox," and
many others have tunes to which sung in Devon and Cornwall that are
quite different and local. A remarkable instance is that of "Sweet
Nightingale." This appeared in 1761 with music by Dr. Arne. The words
travelled down to Cornwall, not so Arne's tune, and they were there
set to an entirely independent melody. Then again, when a tune did
travel West, and was heard by some of the peasant singers, if it did
not commend itself to their taste, they altered it, perhaps quite
unconsciously into a form more satisfactory to their minds. I have
given a very curious example of this, "Upon a Sunday Morning."

Our folk music is a veritable moraine of rolled and ground fragments
from musical strata far away. It contains melodies of all centuries
from the days of the minstrels down to the present time, all thrown
together in one heap. It must be borne well in mind that to the
rustic singer, melody is everything. It was so in the days before
Elizabeth. The people then did not want harmony; to them harmony is
quite a modern invention and need.

At the present day, we are so accustomed to choral and concerted
music that we have come to care little for formal melody, and Wagner
has taught us to be content with musical phrases alone. Melody is
a musical idea worked out in successive notes of our scale. Modern
music is constructed in but two of the seven diatonic modes, in which
melodies may be cast, the major and the minor; with the result that
the modern ear entertains no appreciation of an air that is not in
the Ionian scale, the "tonus lascivus" of the ancients.

The jongleur or minstrel had but the rudest of instruments; the
peasant singer had none at all. What interest he can create, what
effect he can produce, must be through melody alone. Now, I venture
to assert that the folk music of the English peasantry has been
surpassingly rich in melodiousness, and that no tune has had a chance
of living and being transmitted from generation to generation,
unless it have a distinct individuality in it, in a word, contains
a melodious idea. Moreover, not having been framed only in the
common major or minor key, it is abundantly varied. It has been a
well-spring from which hitherto we have not drawn.

In former times, that strongly defined dividing line which separates
the cultured from the uncultured did not exist. The music of
the peasant was also the music of the court; the ballad was the
delight of the cottager and of the noble lady in her bower. But the
separation began, in music, in the Elizabethan days; in ballads,
in those of James I., when nearly every old ballad was re-written
to fresh metres, unsingable to the traditional airs. The skilled
musician scorned folk melodies, and revelled in counter-point.

It is a mistake to suppose that all mediæval music was in the
Gregorian modes other than our major and minor. Even in the 13th
century, the modern major mode was used, so that some of our
traditional airs, which seem to be modern may really be old.

M. Tiersot notes that among the melodies extant of three trouvères of
the Thirteenth century, a certain number are modern in character. Of
twenty-two airs by the Chatelain de Coucy, three are frankly in the
major; five others in the 7th or the 8th tone, give the impression of
the major. Of nine melodies by the King of Navarre, four are in the
major, a fifth in the 7th tone, is of the same nature as those of De
Coucy. Of thirty-four _chansons_ by Adam de la Hall, twenty-one are
in the major.

The folk airs that we give in our collection may not please at
first, certainly will not please all; but when once a relish for
them has been acquired, then hearers will turn with weariness from
the ordinary concert hall feebleness, as we turn from the twaddle of
a vacuous female. We have found it necessary to take down all the
variants of the same air that we have come across.

M. Bourgault Ducoudray, in his introduction to "Mélodies populaires
de Basse Bretagne," Paris, 1885, says: "When a song has been
transmitted from mouth to mouth, without having been fixed by
notation, it is exposed to alterations. One is sometimes obliged to
collect as many as twenty variants of the same air, before finding
one that is good. This is the greatest difficulty to the seeker; it
is as hard to lay the hand on the veritable typal form of a melody
as it is to meet with an intact specimen among the shells that have
been rolled on the sea shore." When a party of singers is assembled,
or when one man sings a succession of ballads, the memory becomes
troubled; the first few melodies are given correctly, but after
that, the airs become deflected and influenced by the airs last sung.
At Two Bridges one old singer, G. Kerswell, after giving us "The
Bell-ringers," sang us half-a-dozen ballads but the melody of the
bells went through them all, and vitiated them all so as to render
them worthless. On another occasion, we took down four or five airs
all beginning alike, because one singer had impressed this beginning
on the minds of the others. At another time, when this impression was
worn off, they would sing correctly, and then the beginnings would be
different. Experience taught us never to take down too much at one
sitting.

In a very few years all this heritage of traditional folk music will
be gone; and this is the supreme moment at which such a collection
can be made. Already, nearly every one of my old singers from
whom these melodies were gathered, is dead. They are passing away
everywhere. Few counties of England have been worked. Sussex has
been well explored by the late Rev. John Broadwood, and then by Miss
Lucy Broadwood[3]; Yorkshire, by Mr. Frank Kidson; Northumberland,
by Dr. Collingwood Bruce and Mr. John Stokoe. Mr. Cecil Sharp is now
engaged on Somersetshire, and Dr. Vaughan Williams on Essex. Who will
undertake Lincolnshire, Dorset, Hampshire, and other counties? The
purely agricultural districts are most auriferous. In manufacturing
counties modern music has driven out the traditional folk melodies.

[Footnote 3: The Rev. J. Broadwood, of Lyne, Sussex, printed his
collection "for Private Circulation only," in 1843. It was reprinted
later, with additions, by Miss L. Broadwood, under the title of
"Sussex Songs." (Leonard & Co., Oxford Street.)]

With regard to the approximate dates of the airs we give, all that
we can say is that such as are in the ancient modes are not later
than the reign of James I. How much more ancient they may be, it is
impossible to determine. The melodies of the Handel and Arne, and
then those of the Hooke and Dibden periods can be at once detected.
Some few of the melodies we have taken down were certainly originally
in one or other of the ancient modes, but in process of time have
been subjected to alteration, to accommodate them to the modern ear.

Although some seventy per cent. of the airs noted from the very
old singers are modal, we have not given too many of these, as the
popular taste is not sufficiently educated to relish them. But such
as can not perceive the beauty of the tunes that go, for instance,
to "The Trees they are so high," in the rarely used Phrygian mode,
"Flora, the Flower of the West," in F, "Henry Martyn," "On a May
morning so early," etc., are indeed to be pitied. We have not been
able to give those lengthy ballads, such as, "The Outlandish Knight,"
"The Brown Girl," "By the Banks of Green Willow," "The Baffled
Knight," "William and the Shepherd's Daughter," "Captain Ward," "The
Golden Glove," "The Maid and the Box," "The Death of Queen Jane,"
etc., which are too long to be sung and listened to with patience
now-a-days.

In some instances we have set other words to a ballad tune, as XXXVI.
One of my old singers said to me concerning this ballad, "When my
little sister, now dead, these twenty years, was a child, and went up
from Exeter to London with me in a carrier's van, Lor bless'y, afore
railways was invented, I mind that she sang this here ballet in the
waggon all the way up. We was three days about it. She was then about
six years old." The ballet, by the way, is not particularly choice
and suitable for a child or a grown-up girl to sing, according to our
ideas.

In giving these songs to the public, we have been scrupulous to
publish the airs precisely as noted down, choosing among the
variants those which commended themselves to us as the soundest.
But we have not been so careful with regard to the _words_. These
are sometimes in a fragmentary condition, or are coarse, contain
_double entendres_, or else are mere doggerel. Accordingly, we have
re-written the songs wherever it was not possible to present them
in their original form. This was done by the Scotch. Many an old
ballad is gross, and many a broadside is common-place. Songs that
were thought witty in the Caroline and early Georgian epochs, are no
longer sufferable; and broadside ballads are in many cases vulgarised
versions of earlier ballads that have been lost in their original
forms.

What a change has taken place in public feeling with regard to
decency may be judged by the way in which Addison speaks of D'Urfey
in "The Guardian," 1713, No. 29. "A _judicious_ author, some years
since, published a collection of sonnets, which he very successfully
called "Laugh and be Fat; or, Pills to purge Melancholy." I can
not sufficiently admire the facetious title of these volumes, and
must censure the world of ingratitude, while they are so negligent
in rewarding the jocose labours of my friend, Mr. D'Urfey, who was
so large a contributor to this treatise, and to whose numerous
productions so many rural squires in the remotest parts of the
island are obliged for the dignity and state which corpulency gives
them." And again, in No. 67, "I must heartily recommend to all
young ladies, my disciples, the case of my old friend, who has often
made their grand-mothers merry, and whose sonnets have perhaps
lulled to sleep many a present toast, when she lay in her cradle."
Why--D'Urfey's Pills must now-a-days be kept under lock and key. The
fun so commended by the pious and grave Addison is filth of the most
revolting description. And yet the grand-mothers of the ladies of his
day, according to him, were wont to sing them over the cradles of
their grand-children!

So when a "Collection of Old Ballads" was published 1723-5, the
Editor, after giving a series of historical and serious pieces, in
a later volume apologises to the ladies for their gravity, and for
their special delectation furnishes an appendix of songs that are
simply dirty.

A good many of the ditties in favour with our rural song-men, are,
it must be admitted, of the D'Urfey type; and what is more some of
the very worst are sung to the daintiest early melodies. Two courses
lay open to us. One that adopted Dr. Barrett and Mr. Kidson to print
the words exactly as given on the broadsides, with asterisks for the
undesirable stanzas. But this would simply have killed the songs.
No one would care to warble what was fragmentary. On the other
hand, there is that adopted by the Scotch and Irish collectors,
which consists in re-writing or modifying where objectionable or
common-place. This has been the course we have pursued. It seemed a
pity to consign the lovely old melodies to the antiquary's library,
by publishing them with words which were fatal to the success of the
songs in the drawing room or the concert hall. We resolved where the
old words were good, or tolerable, to retain them. Where bad, to
re-write, adhering as closely as possible to the original. Where the
songs were mere broadside ballads, we have had no scruple in doing
this, for we give reference to the press-mark in the British Museum,
where the original text may be found. But the broadside itself is
often a debased form of a fine early ballad. The broadside publishers
were wont to pay a shilling to any ballad mongers who could furnish
them with a new ditty. These men were destitute of the poetic faculty
and illiterate, and they contented themselves with taking old ballads
and recomposing them, so as to give to them a semblance of novelty,
sufficient to qualify their authors to claim the usual fee. Here are
some lines by one of the fraternity:

     "I'm Billy Nuts wot always cuts
       A dash through all the town, sir,
     With lit'rary men, my clever pen
       In grammar gains renown, sir,
     In song, and catch, and ditty.
     And then to each, with dying speech
     I do excite their pity.
         So all agree to welcome me,
           With drum and fife and whiols, (_sic_ for viols)
         A cause my name stands fast in fame,
           The Bard of Seven Dials."
                         (B.M., 11,621, K. 4)

Our object was not to furnish a volume for consultation by the
musical antiquary alone, but to resuscitate, and to popularise
the traditional music of the English people. As, however, to the
antiquary everything is important, exactly as obtained, uncleansed
from rust and unpolished, I have deposited a copy of the songs and
ballads with their music exactly as taken down, for reference, in the
Municipal Free Library, Plymouth.

The Rev. H.F. Sheppard, who worked with me for twelve years in
rescuing these old songs, and in bringing them before the public,
is now no more. A new edition has been called for, and in this
some exclusions and some additions have been made. We do not think
that the pieces we have removed are not good, but that we are able
to supply their places with others that are better. Mr. Sheppard
entertained a very strong objection to arranging any song he had
not himself "pricked down" from the lips of the singers, and as Mr.
Bussell had noted down hundreds as well, these, for the most part,
had to be laid on one side. Mr. Sheppard was, doubtless, right in his
assertion, that unless he had himself heard the song sung, he could
not catch its special character, and so render it justly.

Acting on the advice of Mr. Cecil Sharp, of the Conservatoire,
Hampstead, who has kindly undertaken the musical editorship of this
edition, I have introduced several interesting ballads and songs
that, for the reason above given, were excluded from the first. Mr.
F. Kidson has kindly afforded us information relative to such songs
as he has come across in Yorkshire.

In conclusion I give a few particulars relative to the Rev. H.F.
Sheppard, my fellow-worker, and Mr. D. Radford, the instigator of
the collection, both of whom have passed away.

Henry Fleetwood Sheppard was a graduate of Trinity Hall, Cambridge,
and had been appointed Travelling Batchelor to the University.
Through the whole of his clerical career he was closely associated
with sacred music, especially with Plain-song, of which he was an
enthusiastic admirer. As precentor of the Doncaster Choral Union
from 1864 to 1884, he became the pioneer of improved church music
in that part of Yorkshire. In the year 1868 he was presented to the
Rectory of Thurnscoe, which at that time was an agricultural village
numbering about 180 inhabitants, where he remained until 1898, when
he resigned his living on account of his advancing years which
precluded his coping satisfactorily with the population swelling to
3,366 souls, owing to the opening of coal mines in the parish. In
1888, as already intimated, he was associated along with myself in
the collection of Devon and Cornish folk songs.

When he resigned the incumbency of Thurnscoe, he retired to Oxford,
where, in his declining years, he might, at his leisure, dip into
those store houses of classical and musical literature in which his
soul delighted.

Three days before Christmas, 1901, a slight stroke of paralysis gave
warning of possibly serious mischief. A sudden and fatal collapse
ensued on S. John's Day, without further warning. He was laid to rest
at Oxford on New Year's Eve. An inscription in the Vestry wall at
Thurnscoe, was cut by one who was in Mr. Sheppard's choir for nearly
forty years before his death. "Pray for the peace of Henry Fleetwood
Sheppard, Rector of this Parish Church, 1868-1898, who went to rest,
December 27th, 1901, aged 77 years."

Mr. Daniel Radford, of Mount Tavy, was an enthusiastic lover of all
that pertained to his county. He knew that a number of traditional
songs and ballads still floated about, and he saw clearly that unless
these were at once collected, they would be lost irretrievably, and
he pressed on me the advisability of making a collection, and of
setting about it at once. I began to do so in 1888, and continued
at it, working hard for twelve years, assisted by Mr. Sheppard and
Mr. Bussell. Mr. Radford was one for whom I entertained the deepest
affection, inspired by his high character; and I knew that what he
judged to be advisable should be undertaken in no perfunctory way.

Mr. Radford died January 3rd, 1900, at the age of seventy-two, and
was buried in Lydford churchyard. The beautiful rood-screen in the
church has been erected by his sons to his memory.

In the collection, the music initialed H.F.S. has the accompaniment
arranged for the piano by Mr. Sheppard, that initialed C.J.S. by Mr.
C.J. Sharp; that F.W.B. by Dr. Bussell.


[Illustration]



No. 1 BY CHANCE IT WAS

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  By chance it was I met my love,
    It did me much surprise,
  Down by a shady myrtle grove,
    Just as the sun did rise.
  The birds they sang right gloriously,
    And pleasant was the air;
  And there was none, save she and I,
    Among the flowers fair.

  2

  In dewy grass and green we walk'd,
    She timid was and coy;
  "How can'st thou choose but pity me,
    My pretty pearl, my joy?
  How comes it that thou stroll'st this way?
    Sweet maiden, tell me true,
  Before bright Phoebus' glittering ray
    Has supped the morning dew?"

  3

  "I go to tend the flocks I love
    The ewes and tender lambs,
  That pasture by the myrtle grove,
    That gambol by their dams;
  There I enjoy a pure content
    At dawning of the day,"
  Then, hand in hand, we lovers went
    To see the flock at play.

  4

  And as we wended down the road,
    I said to her, "Sweet Maid,
  Three years I in my place abode
    And three more must be stayed.
  The three that I am bound so fast,
    O fairest wait for me.
  And when the weary years are past
    Then married we will be."

  5

  "Three years are long, three times too long,
    Too lengthy the delay."
  O then I answered in my song,
    "Hope wastes them quick away.
  Where love is fervent, fain and fast,
    And knoweth not decay.
  There nimbly fleet the seasons past
    Accounted as one day."



No. 2 THE HUNTING OF ARSCOTT OF TETCOTT

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  In the month of November, in the year fifty-two,
  Three jolly Fox-hunters, all Sons of the Blue,
  They rode from Pencarrow, not fearing a wet coat,
  To take their diversion with Arscott of Tetcott.
          Sing fol-de-rol, lol-de-rol, la-de, heigh-ho!
          Sing fol-de-rol, lol-de-rol, la-de, heigh-ho!

  2

  The day-light was dawning, right radiant the morn,
  When Arscott of Tetcott he winded his horn;
  He blew such a flourish, so loud in the hall,
  The rafters re-sounded, and danced to the call.
          Sing fol-de-rol, &c.

  3

  In the kitchen the servants, in kennel the hounds,
  In the stable the horses were roused by the sounds,
  On Black-Bird in saddle sat Arscott, "To day
  I will show you good sport, lads, Hark! follow, away!"
          Sing fol-de-rol, &c.

  4

  They tried in the coppice, from Becket to Thorn,
  There were Ringwood and Rally, and Princess and Scorn;
  Then out bounded Reynard, away they all went,
  With the wind in their tails, on a beautiful scent.
          Sing fol-de-rol, &c.

  5

  "Hark, Vulcan!" said Arscott, "The best of good hounds!
  Heigh Venus!" he shouted, "How nimbly she bounds!
  And nothing re-echoes so sweet in the valley,
  As the music of Rattler, of Fill-pot, and Rally."
          Sing fol-de-rol, &c.

  6

  They hunted o'er fallow, o'er field and on moor,
  And never a hound, man or horse would give o'er.
  Sly Reynard kept distance for many a mile,
  And no one dismounted for gate or for stile.
          Sing fol-de-rol, &c.

  7

  "How far do you make it?" said Simon, the Son,
  "The day that's declining will shortly be done."
  "We'll follow till Doom's day," quoth Arscott. Before
  They hear the Atlantic with menacing roar.
          Sing fol-de-rol, &c.

  8

  Thro' Whitstone and Poundstock, St. Gennys they run,
  As a fireball, red, in the sea set the sun.
  Then out on Penkenner--a leap, and they go,
  Full five hundred feet to the ocean be-low.
          Sing fol-de-rol, &c.

  9

  When the full moon is shining as clear as the day,
  John Arscott still hunteth the country, they say;
  You may see him on Black-Bird, and hear, in full cry
  The pack from Pencarrow to Dazard go by.
          Sing fol-de-rol, &c.

  10

  When the tempest is howling, his horn you may hear,
  And the bay of his hounds in their headlong career;
  For Arscott of Tetcott loves hunting so well,
  That he breaks for the pastime from Heaven--or Hell.
          Sing fol-de-rol, &c.



No. 3 UPON A SUNDAY MORNING

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

        Upon a Sunday morning, when Spring was in its prime,
  Along the Church-lane tripping, I heard the Church-bells chime,
        And there encountered Reuben, astride upon the stile,
  He blocked the way, so saucy, upon his lips a smile.

  2

        Upon a Sunday morning, there came a rush of bells,
  The wind was music-laden, in changeful fall and swells;
        He would not let me over, he held, he made me stay,
  And promise I would meet him again at close of day.

  3

        Upon a Sunday evening, the ringers in the tower,
  Were practising their changes, they rang for full an hour;
        And Reuben by me walking, would never let me go,
  Until a Yes I answered, he would not take a No.

  4

        Again a Sunday morning, and Reuben stands by me,
  Not now in lane, but chancel, where all the folks may see.
        A golden ring he offers, as to his side I cling,
  O happy Sunday morning, for us the Church-bells ring.



No. 4 THE TREES THEY ARE SO HIGH

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  All the trees they are so high,
    The leaves they are so green,
  The day is past and gone, sweet-heart,
    That you and I have seen.
        It is cold winter's night,
        You and I must bide alone:
          Whilst my pretty lad is young
                        And is growing.

  2

  In a garden as I walked,
    I heard them laugh and call;
  There were four and twenty playing there,
    They played with bat and ball.
        O the rain on the roof,
        Here and I must make my moan:
          Whilst my pretty lad is young
                        And is growing.

  3

  I listened in the garden,
    I looked o'er the wall;
  Amidst five and twenty gallants there
    My love exceeded all.
        O the wind on the thatch,
        Here and I alone must weep:
          Whilst my pretty lad is young
                        And is growing.

  4

  O father, father dear,
    Great wrong to me is done,
  That I should married be this day,
    Before the set of sun.
        At the huffle of the gale,
        Here I toss and cannot sleep:
          Whilst my pretty lad is young
                        And is growing.

  5[4]

  My daughter, daughter dear,
    If better be, more fit,
  I'll send him to the court awhile,
    To point his pretty wit.
        But the snow, snowflakes fall,
        O and I am chill as dead:
          Whilst my pretty lad is young
                        And is growing.

  6[5]

  To let the lovely ladies know
    They may not touch and taste,
  I'll bind a bunch of ribbons red
    About his little waist.
        But the raven hoarsely croaks,
        And I shiver in my bed;
          Whilst my pretty lad is young
                        And is growing.

  7

  I married was, alas,
    A lady high to be,
  In court and stall and stately hall,
    And bower of tapestry,
        But the bell did only knell,
        And I shuddered as one cold:
          When I wed the pretty lad
                        Not done growing.

  8

  At seventeen he wedded was,
    A father at eighteen,
  At nineteen his face was white as milk,
    And then his grave was green;
        And the daisies were outspread,
        And buttercups of gold,
          O'er my pretty lad so young
                        Now ceased growing.

[Footnote 4: May be omitted in singing.]

[Footnote 5: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 5 PARSON HOGG

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Mess Parson Hogg shall now maintain,
    The burden of my song, Sir,
  A single life, perforce he led,
    Of constitution strong, Sir.
          Sing, tally-ho! sing, tally-ho!
            Sing, tally-ho! why zounds, Sir,
          He mounts his mare, to hunt the hare,
            Sing tally-ho! the hounds, Sir.

  2

  And every day he goes to Mass,
    He first draws on the boot, Sir,
  That should the beagles chance to pass,
    He might join in pursuit, Sir!
            Sing tally-ho! &c.

  3

  That Parson little loveth prayer,
    And Pater, night and morn, Sir,
  For bell and book, hath little care
    But dearly loves the horn, Sir.
            Sing tally-ho! &c.

  4

  S. Stephen's Day, this holy man
    He went a pair to wed, Sir,
  When as the Service he began
    Puss by the Church-yard sped, Sir.
            Sing tally-ho! &c.

  5

  He shut his book, Come on, he said,
    I'll pray and bless no more, Sir,
  He drew his surplice o'er his head
    And started for the door, Sir
            Sing tally-ho! &c.

  6

  In pulpit Parson Hogg was strong,
    He preached without a book, Sir,
  And to the point, and never long,
    And this the text he took, Sir,
          "O tally-ho! O tally-ho!
            Dearly beloved--zounds, Sir
          I mount my mare to hunt the hare,
            Singing tally-ho! the hounds, Sir!"



No. 6 "COLD BLOWS THE WIND, SWEET-HEART"

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  "Cold blows the wind of night, sweet-heart,
    Cold are the drops of rain;
  The very first love that ever I had,
    In green-wood he was slain.

  2

  "I'll do as much for my true-love
    As any fair maiden may;
  I'll sit and mourn upon his grave
    A twelvemonth and a day."

  3

  A twelvemonth and a day being up,
    The ghost began to speak;
  "Why sit you here by my grave-side
    From dusk till dawning break?"

  4

  "O think upon the garden, love,
    Where you and I did walk.
  The fairest flower that blossomed there
    Is withered on its stalk."

  5

  "What is it that you want of me,
    And will not let me sleep?
  Your salten tears they trickle down
    My winding sheet to steep."

  6

  "Oh I will now redeem the pledge
    The pledge that once I gave;
  A kiss from off thy lily white lips
    Is all of you I crave."

  7

  "Cold are my lips in death, sweet-heart,
    My breath is earthy strong.
  If you do touch my clay-cold lips,
    Your time will not be long."

  8

  Then through the mould he heaved his head,
    And through the herbage green.
  There fell a frosted bramble leaf,
    It came their lips between.

  9

  "Now if you were not true in word,
    As now I know you be,
  I'd tear you as the withered leaves,
    Are torn from off the tree.

  10

  "And well for you that bramble-leaf
    Betwixt our lips was flung.
  The living to the living hold,
    Dead to the dead belong."



No. 7 THE SPRIG OF THYME

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  In my garden grew plenty of Thyme,
      It would flourish by night and by day;
  O'er the wall came a lad, he took all that I had,
      And stole my thyme away.

  2

  My garden with heartsease was bright,
      The pansy so pied and so gay;
  One slipped through the gate, and alas! cruel fate,
      My heartsease took away.

  3

  My garden grew self-heal and balm,
      And speedwell that's blue for an hour,
  Then blossoms again, O grievous my pain!
      I'm plundered of each flower.

  4

  There grows in my garden the rue,
      And Love-lies-a-bleeding droops there,
  The hyssop and myrrh, the teazle and burr,
      In place of blossoms fair.

  5

  The willow with branches that weep,
      The thorn and the cypress tree,
  O why were the seeds of such dolorous weeds,
      Thus scattered there by thee?



No. 8 ROVING JACK

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Young Jack he was a journey-man
    That roved from town to town,
  And when he'd done a job of work,
    He lightly sat him down.
  With his kit upon his shoulder, and
    A grafting knife in hand,
  He roved the country round about,
    A merry journey-man.

  2

  And when he came to Exeter,
    The maidens leaped for joy;
  Said one and all, both short and tall,
    Here comes a gallant boy.
  The lady dropt her needle, and
    The maid her frying-pan,
  Each plainly told her mother, that
    She loved the journey-man.

  3

  He had not been in Exeter,
    The days were barely three,
  Before the Mayor, his sweet daughter.
    She loved him desperately;
  She bid him to her mother's house,
    She took him by the hand,
  Said she, "My dearest mother, see
    I love the journey-man!"

  4

  Now out on thee, thou silly maid!
    Such folly speak no more:
  How can'st thou love a roving man,
    Thou ne'er hast seen before?
  "O mother sweet, I do entreat,
    I love him all I can;
  Around the country glad I'll rove
    With this young journey-man.

  5

  "He need no more to trudge afoot,
    He'll travel coach and pair;
  My wealth with me--or poverty
    With him, content I'll share."
  Now fill the horn with barleycorn,
    And flowing fill the can:
  Here let us toast the Mayor's daughter
    And the roving journey-man.



No. 9 BRIXHAM TOWN

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  All ye that love to hear
  Music performed in air,
  Pray listen, and give ear,
        To what I shall perpend.
  Concerning music, who'd,--
  If rightly understood--
  Not find 'twould do him good
        To hearken and attend.

  2

  In Brixham town so rare
  For singing sweet and fair,
  Few can with us compare,
        We bear away the bell.
  Extolled up and down
  By men of high renown,
  We go from town to town;
        And none can us excell.

  3

  There's a man in Brixham town
  Of office, and in gown,
  Strove to put singing down,
        Which most of men adore.
  For House of God unmeet,
  The voice and organ sweet!
  When pious men do meet,
        To praise their God before.

  4

  Go question Holy writ,
  And you will find in it,
  That seemly 'tis and fit,
        To praise and hymn the Lord.
  On cymbal and on lute,
  On organ and on flute,
  With voices sweet, that suit;
        All in a fair concord.

  5

  In Samuel you may read
  How one was troubled,
  Was troubled indeed,
        Who crown and sceptre bore;
  An evil spirit lay
  On his mind both night and day,
  That would not go away,
        And vexed him very sore.

  6

  Then up and uttered one,
  Said, "Jesse hath a son,
  Of singers next to none;
        David his name they say."
  "So send for David, fleet,
  To make me music sweet,
  That the spirit may retreat,
        And go from me away."

  7

  Now when that David, he
  King Saul had come to see,
  And playèd merrily.
        Upon his stringèd harp,
  The Devil in all speed,
  With music ill agreed,
  From Saul the King, he fleed,
        Impatient to depart.

  8

  Now there be creatures three
  As you may plainly see
  With music can't agree
        Upon this very earth
  The swine, the fool, the ass,
  And so we let it pass
  And sing, O Lord, thy praise
        Whilst we have breath.

  9

  So now, my friends, adieu!
  I hope that all of you
  Will pull most strong and true,
        In strain to serve the Lord.
  God prosper us, that we
  Like angels may agree,
  In singing merrily
        In tune and in accord.



No. 10 GREEN BROOM

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  There was an old man lived out in the wood,
    His trade was a-cutting of Broom, green Broom;
  He had but one son without thrift, without good,
    Who lay in his bed till 'twas noon, bright noon.

  2

  The old man awoke, one morning and spoke,
    He swore he would fire the room, that room,
  If his John would not rise and open his eyes,
    And away to the wood to cut Broom, green Broom.

  3

  So Johnny arose, and he slipped on his clothes,
    And away to the wood to cut Broom, green Broom,
  He sharpened his knives, for once he contrives
    To cut a great bundle of Broom, green Broom.

  4

  When Johnny passed under a lady's fine house,
    Passed under a lady's fine room, fine room,
  She called to her maid, "Go fetch me," she said,
    "Go fetch me the boy that sells Broom, green Broom."

  5

  When Johnny came into the lady's fine house,
    And stood in the lady's fine room, fine room,
  "Young Johnny," she said, "Will you give up your trade,
    And marry a lady in bloom, full bloom?"

  6

  Johnny gave his consent, and to church they both went,
    And he wedded the lady in bloom, full bloom.
  At market and fair, all folks do declare,
    There is none like the Boy that sold Broom, green Broom.



No. 11 AS JOHNNY WALKED OUT

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  As Johnny walked out one day
    It was a summer morn,
  Himself he laid beneath the shade
    All of a twisted thorn,
  And as he there lay lazily
    A shepherdess pass'd by;
  And 'twas down in yonder valley, love,
    Where the water glideth by.

  2

  "O have you seen a pretty ewe
    That hath a tender lamb,
  A strayed from the orchard glade
    That little one and dam?"
  "O pretty maid" he answered,
    "They passed as here I lie!"
  And 'twas down in yonder valley, love,
    Where the water glideth by.

  3[6]

  She wandered o'er the country wide
    The sheep she could not find;
  And many times she did upbraid
    Young Johnny in her mind.
  She sought in leafy forest green
    She sought them low and high,
  And 'twas down in yonder valley, love,
    Where the water glideth by.

  4

  "Oh silly maid," young Johnny said,
    "Alone why did you seek?"
  Her heart was full of anger, and
    The flush was in her cheek.
  "Where one alone availeth not,
    There two your sheep may spie,
  And 'tis down in yonder valley, love,
    Where the water glideth by."

  5

  Then lo! they both forgot their quest,
    They found what neither sought,
  Two loving hearts long kept apart
    Together now were brought.
  He found the words he long had lacked,
    He found and held her eye;
  And 'twas down in yonder valley, love,
    Where the water glideth by.

  6[7]

  Now married were this loving pair,
    And joined in holy band,
  No more they go a seeking sheep,
    Together hand in hand.
  Around her feet play children sweet,
    Beneath the summer sky,
  And 'tis down in yonder valley, love,
    Where the water glideth by.

[Footnote 6: These verses may be omitted in singing.]

[Footnote 7: These verses may be omitted in singing.]



No. 12 THE MILLER AND HIS SONS

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  There was a miller, as you shall hear,
  Long time he lived in Devonshire,
  He was took sick and deadly ill,
  And had no time to write his will!
  He was took sick and deadly ill,
  And had no time to write his will.

  2

  So he call'd up his eldest son,
  Said he, "My glass is almost run.
  If I to thee my mill shall give,
  Tell me what toll thou'lt take to live?"

  3

  "Father," said he, "My name is Jack,
  From every bushel I'll take a peck.
  From every grist that I do grind,
  That I may thus good living find."

  4

  "Thou art a fool," the old man said,
  "Thou hast not half acquired thy trade.
  My mill to thee I ne'er will give
  For by such toll no man can live."

  5

  Then he call'd up his second son,
  Said he, "My glass is almost run.
  If I to thee my mill shall make,
  Tell me what toll to live thou'lt take?"

  6

  "Father you know my name is Ralph,
  From every bushel I'll take a half
  From every grist that I do grind,
  That I may thus a living find."

  7

  "Thou art a fool," the old man said;
  "Thou hast not half acquired thy trade.
  My mill to thee I will not give,
  For by such toll no man may live."

  8

  Then he call'd up his youngest son,
  Says he, "My glass is almost run.
  If I to thee my mill shall make
  Tell me what toll, to live, thou'lt take?"

  9

  "Father I am your youngest boy.
  In taking toll is all my joy.
  Before I would good living lack,
  I'd take the whole--forswear the sack."

  10

  "Thou art the boy," the old man said,
  "For thou hast full acquired the trade.
  The mill is thine," the old man cried,
  He laugh'd, gave up the ghost, and died.



No. 13 ORMOND THE BRAVE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  I am Ormond the brave, did ye never hear of me?
  Who lately was driven from my own country.
  They tried me, condemned me, they plundered my estate,
  For being so loyal to Queen Anne the Great,
      Crying, O! I am Ormond, you know.

  2

  O to vict'ry I led, and I vanquished every foe,
  Some do call me James Butler, I'm Ormond, you know,
  I am Queen Anne's darling, and old England's delight,
  A friend to the Church, in Fanatic's despite,
      Crying, O! I am Ormond, you know.

  3

  Then awake Devon dogs, and arise you Cornish cats,
  And follow me a chasing the Hanoverian rats,
  They shall fly from the country, we'll guard the British throne,
  Have no German electors with a king, sirs, of our own.
      Crying, O! I am Ormond, you know.

  4

  O I wronged not my country as Scottish peers do,
  Nor my soldiers defrauded, of that which is their due.
  All such deeds I do abhor, by the powers that are above,
  I've bequeath'd all my fortune to the country I love.
      Crying, O! I am Ormond, you know.



No. 14 SIR JOHN BARLEYCORN

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  There came three men from out the West
    Their victory to try;
  And they have ta'en a solemn oath,
    Poor Barleycorn should die.
        With a Ri-fol-lol-riddle-diddle-dol
          Ri fol, ri fol dee.

  2

  They took a plough and ploughed him in,
    Clods harrowed on his head;
  And then they took a solemn oath
    John Barleycorn was dead.
          With a Ri-fol &c.

  3

  There he lay sleeping in the ground
    Till rain did on him fall;
  Then Barleycorn sprung up his head,
    And so amazed them all.
          With a Ri-fol &c.

  4

  There he remained till Midsummer
    And look'd both pale and wan;
  Then Barleycorn he got a beard
    And so became a man.
          With a Ri-fol &c.

  5

  Then they sent men with scythes so sharp
    To cut him off at knee;
  And then poor Johnny Barleycorn
    They served most barbarouslie.
          With a Ri-fol &c.

  6

  Then they sent men with pitch forks strong
    To pierce him through the heart;
  And like a doleful Tragedy
    They bound him in a cart.
          With a Ri-fol &c.

  7

  And then they brought him to a barn
    A prisoner to endure;
  And so they fetched him out again,
    And laid him on the floor.
          With a Ri-fol &c.

  8

  Then they set men with holly clubs,
    To beat the flesh from th' bones;
  But the miller served him worse than that
    He ground him 'twixt two stones.
          With a Ri-fol &c.

  9

  O! Barleycorn is the choicest grain
    That 'ere was sown on land
  It will do more than any grain,
    By the turning of your hand.
          With a Ri-fol &c.

  10

  It will make a boy into a man,
    A man into an ass;
  To silver it will change your gold,
    Your silver into brass.
          With a Ri-fol &c.

  11

  It will make the huntsman hunt the fox,
    That never wound a horn;
  It will bring the tinker to the stocks
    That people may him scorn.
          With a Ri-fol &c.

  12

  O! Barleycorn is th' choicest grain,
    That e'er was sown on land.
  And it will cause a man to drink
    Till he neither can go nor stand.
          With a Ri-fol &c.



No. 15 SWEET NIGHTINGALE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  My sweet-heart, come along.
    Don't you hear the fond song
  The sweet notes of the Nightingale flow?
    Don't you hear the fond tale,
    Of the sweet nightingale,
  As she sings in the valleys below?

  2

  Pretty Betty, don't fail,
    For I'll carry your pail
  Safe home to your cot as we go;
    You shall hear the fond tale
    Of the sweet nightingale,
  As she sings in the valleys below.

  3

  Pray let me alone,
    I have hands of my own,
  Along with you Sir, I'll not go,
    To hear the fond tale
    Of the sweet nightingale,
  As she sings in the valleys below.

  4

  Pray sit yourself down
    With me on the ground,
  On this bank where the primroses grow,
    You shall hear the fond tale
    Of the sweet nightingale,
  As she sings in the valleys below.

  5

  The couple agreed,
    And were married with speed,
  And soon to the church they did go;
    No more is she afraid
    For to walk in the shade,
  Nor sit in those valleys below.



No. 16 WIDDECOMBE FAIR

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  "Tom Pearce, Tom Pearce, lend me your grey mare,
    All along, down along, out along, lee.
  For I want for to go to Widdecombe Fair,
    Wi' Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan'l Whiddon,
    Harry Hawk, old Uncle Tom Cobbley and all,"
      _CHORUS_: Old Uncle Tom Cobbley and all.

  2

  "And when shall I see again my grey mare?"
    All along, &c.
  "By Friday soon, or Saturday noon,
    Wi' Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, &c."

  3

  Then Friday came, and Saturday noon,
    All along, &c.
  But Tom Pearce's old mare hath not trotted home,
    Wi' Bill Brewer, &c.

  4

  So Tom Pearce he got up to the top o' the hill
    All along, &c.
  And he seed his old mare down a making her will
    Wi' Bill Brewer, &c.

  5

  So Tom Pearce's old mare, her took sick and died.
    All along, &c.
  And Tom he sat down on a stone, and he cried
    Wi' Bill Brewer, &c.

  6

  But this isn't the end o' this shocking affair,
    All along, &c.
  Nor, though they be dead, of the horrid career
    Of Bill Brewer, &c.

  7

  When the wind whistles cold on the moor of a night
    All along, &c.
  Tom Pearce's old mare doth appear, gashly white,
    Wi' Bill Brewer, &c.

  8

  And all the long night be heard skirling and groans,
    All along, &c.
  From Tom Pearce's old mare in her rattling bones,
    And from Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy,
      Dan'l Whiddon,
    Harry Hawk, old Uncle Tom Cobbley and all.
      _CHORUS_: Old Uncle Tom Cobbley and all.



No. 17 YE MAIDENS PRETTY

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Ye maidens pretty
  In town and city,
  I pray you pity
    My mournful strain.
  A maiden weeping,
  Her night-watch keeping,
  In grief unsleeping
    Makes her complain:
      In tower I languish
      In cold and sadness,
      Heart full of anguish,
        Eye full of tear.
      Whilst glades are ringing
      With maidens singing,
      Sweet roses bringing
        To crown the year.

  2

  Thro' hills and vallies
  Thro' shaded alleys,
  And pleached palis--
    Ading of grove;
  Among fair bowers,
  Midst fragrant flowers,
  Pass sunny hours,
    And sing of love.
      In tower I languish, &c.

  3

  My cruel father
  Gave straitest order,
  By watch and warder,
    I barr'd should be.
  All in my chamber,
  High out of danger,
  From eye of ranger,
    In misery.
      In tower I languish, &c.

  4

  Enclosed in mortar,
  By wall and water,
  A luckless daughter
    All white and wan;
  Till day is breaking
  My bed forsaking,
  I all night waking
    Sing like the swan.
      In tower I languish,
      In cold and sadness,
      Heart full of anguish,
        Eye full of tear,
      Whilst glades are ringing
      With maidens singing
      Sweet roses bringing,
        To crown the year.



No. 18 THE SILLY OLD MAN

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  Aw! Come now, I'll sing you a song,
    'Tis a song of right merry intent,
  Concerning a silly old man,
    Who went for to pay his rent,
        Singing, Too-ra-la-loo-ra-loo.

  2

  And as this here silly old man,
    Was riding along the lane,
  A Gentleman thief overtook him,
    Saying "Well over-taken old man."

  3

  "What! well over-taken, do'y say?"
    "Yes, well over-taken," quoth he.
  "No, no," said the silly old man.
    "I don't want thy company.

  4

  "I am only a silly old man,
    I farm but a parcel of ground.
  And I am going to the landlord to pay,
    My rent which is just forty pound."

  5

  "But supposing a highway-man stopped you?
    For the rascals are many, men say,
  And take all the money from off you
    As you ride on the king's highway?"

  6

  "What! supposing some fellow should stop me?
    Why badly the thief would be sped.
  For the money I carry about me
    In the quilt o' my saddle is hid."

  7

  And as they were riding along,
    Along and along the green lane,
  The Gentleman thief rode afore him
    And summoned the old man to stand.

  8

  But the old man was crafty and cunning,
    As, I wot, in the world there be many,
  Pitched his saddle clean over the hedge,
    Saying, "Fetch'n if thou would'st have any,"
        Singing, Too-ra-la-loo-ra-loo.

  9

  Then the thief being thirsty for gold,
    And eager to get at his bags,
  He dra'ed out his rusty old sword,
    And chopped up the saddle to rags.

  10

  The old man slipped off his old mare,
    And mounted the thief's horse astride,
  Clapp'd spur, and put him in a gallop,
    Saying "I, without teaching, can ride."

  11

  When he to his landlord's had come,
    That old man was almost a-spent,
  Says he, "Landlord, provide me a room.
    I be come for to pay up my rent."

  12

  He opened the thief, his portmantle
    And there was a sight to behold,
  There were five hundred pounds in silver,
    And five hundred pounds in gold.

  13

  And as he was on his way home,
    And riding along the same lane,
  He seed--his silly old mare,
    Tied up to the hedge by the mane.

  14

  He loosed his old mare from the hedge,
    As she of the grass there did crib,
  He gi'ed her a whack o' the broad o' the back,
    Saying "Follow me home, old Tib."

  15

  Aw! When to his home he were come
    His daughter he dress'd like a duchess,
  And his ol' woman kicked and she capered for joy,
    And at Christmas danced jigs on her crutches.
        Singing, Too-ra-la-loo-ra-loo.



No. 19 THE MONTHS OF THE YEAR

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  First comes January
    When the sun lies very low;
  I see in the farmer's yard
    The cattle feed on stro';
  The weather being so cold
    While the snow lies on the ground,
  There will be another change of moon
    Before the year comes round.

  2

  Next is February,
    So early in the spring;
  The Farmer ploughs the fallows
    The rooks their nests begin.
  The little lambs appearing
    Now frisk in pretty play.
  I think upon the increase,
    And thank my God, to-day.

  3

  March it is the next month,
    So cold and hard and drear.
  Prepare we now for harvest,
    By brewing of strong beer.
  God grant that we who labour,
    May see the reaping come,
  And drink and dance and welcome
    The happy Harvest Home.

  4

  Next of Months is April,
    When early in the morn
  The cheery farmer soweth
    To right and left the corn.
  The gallant team come after,
    A-smoothing of the land.
  May Heaven the Farmer prosper
    Whate'er he takes in hand.

  5

  In May I go a walking
    To hear the linnets sing.
  The blackbird and the throstle
    A-praising God the King.
  It cheers the heart to hear them
    To see the leaves unfold,
  The meadows scattered over
    With buttercups of gold.

  6

  Full early in the morning
    Awakes the summer sun,
  The month of June arriving,
    The cold and night are done,
  The Cuckoo is a fine bird
    She whistles as she flies,
  And as she whistles, Cuckoo,
    The bluer grow the skies.

  7

  Six months I now have named,
    The seventh is July.
  Come lads and lasses gather
    The scented hay to dry,
  All full of mirth and gladness
    To turn it in the sun,
  And never cease till daylight sets
    And all the work is done.

  8

  August brings the harvest,
    The reapers now advance,
  Against their shining sickles
    The field stands little chance.
  Well done! exclaims the farmer.
    This day is all men's friend.
  We'll drink and feast in plenty
    When we the harvest end.

  9

  By middle of September,
    The rake is laid aside.
  The horses wear the breeching
    Rich dressing to provide,
  All things to do in season,
    Me-thinks is just and right.
  Now summer season's over
    The frosts begin at night.

  10

  October leads in winter.
    The leaves begin to fall.
  The trees will soon be naked
    No flowers left at all.
  The frosts will bite them sharply
    The Elm alone is green.
  In orchard piles of apples red
    For cyder press are seen.

  11

  The eleventh month, November,
    The nights are cold and long,
  By day we're felling timber,
    And spend the night in song.
  In cozy chimney corner
    We take our toast and ale,
  And kiss and tease the maidens,
    Or tell a merry tale.

  12

  Then comes dark December,
    The last of months in turn.
  With holly, box, and laurel,
    We house and Church adorn.
  So now, to end my story,
    I wish you all good cheer.
  A merry, happy Christmas,
    A prosperous New Year.



No. 20 THE CHIMNEY SWEEP

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

        Oh! sweep chimney, sweep!
        You maidens shake off sleep
  If you my cry can follow.
        I climb the chimney top,
        Without ladder without rope;
  Aye and there! aye and there! aye and there you shall hear me halloo!

  2

        Arise! maids, arise!
        Unseal and rub your eyes.
  Arise and do your duty.
        I summon yet again
        And do not me disdain,
  That my call--that my call--that my calling's poor and sooty.

  3

        Behold! here I stand!
        With brush and scrape in hand.
  As a soldier that stands on his sentry.
        I work for the better sort,
        And well they pay me for't.
  O I work, O I work, O I work for the best of gentry.

  4

        Oh! sweep chimney, sweep!
        The hours onward creep.
  As the lark I am alert, I
        Clear away, and take
        The smut that others make.
  O I clean, O I clean, O I clean what others dirty.



No. 21 THE SAUCY SAILOR

(For two Voices)

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  _He_:   "Come my fairest, come my dearest
                  Love with me.
              Come and you shall wed a sailor
                  From the sea."

  _She_:  Faith I want none of your sailors,
                  I must say.
              So begone you saucy creature.
                  So begone from me, I pray.

  2

          "You are ragged, you are dirty,
                  Smell of tar.
              Get you gone to foreign countries,
                  Hence afar."

  _He_:   "If I'm ragged, if I'm dirty,
                  Of tar I smell,
              Yet there's silver in my pockets,
                  And of gold, a store as well."

  3

  _She_:  "Now I see the shining silver,
                  See the gold;
              Down I kneel, and very humbly
                  Hands will fold;
              Saying O forgive the folly
                  From me fell,
              Tarry, dirty, ragged sailors,
                  I love more than words can tell."

  4

  _He_:   "Do not think, you changeful maiden,
                  I am mad.
              That I'll take you, when there's others
                  To be had.
              Not the outside coat and waistcoat
                  Make the man.
              You have lost the chance that offered.
                  Maidens snap--when e'er you can."



No. 22 BLUE MUSLIN

(For two Voices)

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  "O will you accept of the mus-e-lin so blue,
      To wear all in the morning, and to dabble in the dew?"
  "No, I will not accept of the mus-e-lin so blue,
      To wear all in the morning, and to dabble in the dew,
                          Nor I'll walk, nor I'll talk with you."

  2

  "O will you accept of the pretty silver pin,
      To pin your golden hair with the fine mus-e-lin?"
  "No, I will not accept of the pretty silver pin,
      To pin my golden hair with the fine mus-e-lin.
                          Nor I'll walk, nor I'll talk with you."

  3

  "O will you accept of a pair of shoes of cork,
      The one is made in London, the other's made in York?"
  "No, I will not accept of a pair of shoes of cork,
      The one that's made in London, the other's made in York,
                          Nor I'll walk, nor I'll talk with you."

  4

  "O will you accept of the keys of Canterbury,
      That all the bells of England may ring, and make us merry?"
  "No, I will not accept of the keys of Canterbury,
      That all the bells of England may ring, and make us merry,
                          Nor I'll walk, nor I'll talk with you."

  5

  "O will you accept of a kiss from loving heart;
      That we may join together and never more may part?"
  "Yes, I will accept of a kiss from loving heart,
      That we may join together and never more may part,
                          And I'll walk, and I'll talk with you."
              "When you might you would not;
              Now you will you shall not,
                          So fare you well, my dark eyed Sue."

     The song then turns back in reverse order, with the "shoes
     of cork" the "Silver pin" and the "blue muslin," always
     with to each "When you could you would not," &c.



No. 23 THE DEATH OF PARKER

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Ye Powers above protect the Widow,
      And with pity look on me!
  O help me, help me out of trouble
      And out of my calamity.
  For by the death of my brave Parker
      Fortune to me has prov'd unkind.
  Tho' doomed by law his death to suffer,
      I can not cast him from my mind.

  2

  O Parker was the truest husband,
      Best of friends, whom I love dear.
  Yet when he was a-called to suffer,
      To him I might not then draw near.
  Again I ask'd, again I pleaded,
      Three times entreating, all in vain,
  They ever that request refused me,
      And ordered me ashore again.

  3

  The yellow flag I saw was flying,
      A signal for my love to die,
  The gun was fir'd, as was requir'd
      To hang him on the yardarm high.
  The boatswain did his best endeavour,
      I on the shore was put straightway,
  There I tarried, watching, weeping,
      My husband's corpse to bear away.

  4

  Then farewell Parker best belov-ed
      That was once the Navy's pride.
  And since we might not die together,
      We separate henceforth abide.
  His sorrows now are past and over,
      Now he resteth free from pain.
  Grant O God his soul may enter,
      Where one day we may meet again.



No. 24 THE HAL-AN-TOW or HELSTON FURRY DANCE

Arranged by J. Matthews.

[Music]


  1

  Robin Hood and little John
    They both are gone to the fair, O!
  And we will to the merry green-wood,
    To see what they do there O!
          And for to chase, O, to chase the buck and doe!
          With Hal-an-tow, jolly rumble, O, to chase the buck and doe!
  CHORUS. And we were up as soon as the day,
            For to fetch the Summer home, O!
          The Summer, and the May,
            Now the Winter is a gone, O!

  2

  Where are those Spaniards,
    That make so great a boast, O!
  Why, they shall eat the grey goose feathers,
    And we will eat the roast, O!
          In every land, O, the land where'er we go,
          With Hal-an-tow, jolly rumble O, the land where'er we go.
  CHORUS. And we were up, &c.

  3

  As for that good Knight, S. George,
    S. George he was a Knight, O!
  Of all the knights in Christendom!
    S. George he is the right, O!
          In every land, O! the land where'er we go,
          With Hal-an-tow, jolly rumble, O, the land where'er we go.
  CHORUS. And we were up, &c.

  4

  God bless Aunt Mary Moses[8]
    And all her power and might, O!
  And send us peace in merry England,
    Send peace by day and night, O!
          To merry England, O! both now and ever mo'
          With Hal-an-tow, jolly rumble, O, both now and ever mo!
  CHORUS. And we were up, &c.

[Footnote 8: "Aunt" and "Uncle" are titles of reverence given in
Cornwall quite irrespective of relationship.]



No. 25 BLOW AWAY YE MORNING BREEZES

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Blow away, ye morning breezes,
    Blow, ye winds, Heigh-ho!
  Blow away the morning kisses,
    Blow, blow, blow.
  "O thou shalt rue the very hour,
    That e'er thou knew'st the man,
  For I will bake the wheaten flour,
    And thou shalt bake the bran."
      CHORUS. Blow away, ye morning breezes, &c.

  2

  "O thou shalt sorrow thro' thy soul
    Thou stood'st to him so near.
  For thou shalt drink the puddle foul,
    And I the crystal clear."
      CHORUS. Blow away ye morning breezes, &c.

  3

  "O thou shalt rue that e'er thou wo'ld
    Behold a love of mine.
  For thou shalt sup the water cold,
    But I will sup red wine."
      CHORUS. Blow away ye morning breezes, &c.

  4

  "Thou shalt lament in grief and doubt,
    Thou spake'st with him at all,
  For thou shalt wear the sorry clout,
    And I the purple pall."
      CHORUS. Blow away ye morning breezes, &c.

  5

  "O thou shalt curse thy day of birth,
    And curse thy dam and sire,
  For I shall warm me at the hearth,
    And thou shalt feed the fire."
      CHORUS. Blow away ye morning breezes, &c.

     Note. In the original of the above Ballad each verse is
     repeated with the variation of "I shall not," for "I shall"
     &c. thus after the first verse comes,

          I shall _not_ rue the very hour
            That e'er I knew the man
          But _I_ will bake the wheaten flour
            And _thou_ shalt bake the bran.

     It seems unnecessary to print these repetitions.



No. 26 THE HEARTY GOOD FELLOW

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  I saddled my horse, and away I did ride
  Till I came to an ale-house hard by the road-side,
  I call'd for a pot of ale frothing and brown,
  And close by the fireside I sat myself down,
      Singing, whack, fal-de-dee, whack, fal-de-dee!
      And I in my pocket had ONE PENNY.

  2

  I saw there two gentlemen playing at dice,
  They took me to be some nobleman nice.
  With my swagger, and rapier, and countenance bold,
  They thought that my pockets were well lined with gold,
      Singing, whack, fal-de-dee, whack, fal-de-dee!
      And I in my pocket had ONE PENNY.

  3

  "A hearty good fellow," they said, "loveth play."
  "That lies with the stakes, pretty sirs, that you lay."
  Then one said "A guinea," but I said "Five Pound,"
  The bet it was taken--no money laid down,
      Singing, whack, fal-de-dee, whack, fal-de-dee!
      And I in my pocket had ONE PENNY.

  4

  I took up the dice, and I threw them the main,
  It was my good fortune, that evening, to gain;
  If they had a won, sirs, there'd been a loud curse,
  When I threw in naught save a moneyless purse.
      Singing, whack, fal-de-dee, whack, fal-de-dee!
      And I in my pocket had ONE PENNY.

  5

  Was ever a mortal a quarter as glad,
  With the little of money at first that I had!
  A hearty good fellow, as most men opine
  I am; so my neighbours pray pour out the wine,
      Singing, whack, fal-de-dee, whack, fal-de-dee!
      And I in my pocket had FIVE POUNDS, free.

  6

  I tarried all night, and I parted next day,
  Thinks I to myself, I'll be jogging away!
  I asked of the landlady what was my bill,
  "O naught save a kiss of your lips, if you will."
      Singing, whack, fal-de-dee, whack, fal-de-dee!
      And I in my pocket had FIVE POUNDS, free.



No. 27 THE BONNY BUNCH OF ROSES

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  Beside the rolling ocean
    One morning in the month of June,
  The feathered warbling songsters
    Were sweetly changing note and tune.
        I overheard a damsel fair
        Complain in words of bitter woe,
        With tear on cheek, she thus did speak,
          O for the bonny Bunch of Roses, O!

  2

  Then up and spake her lover
    And grasped the maiden by the hand,
  Have patience, fairest, patience!
    A legion I will soon command.
        I'll raise ten thousand soldiers brave
        Thro' pain and peril I will go
        A branch will break, for thy sweet sake,
          A branch of the bonny Bunch of Roses, O!

  3

  Then sadly said his mother,
    As tough as truest heart of oak,
  That stem that bears the roses,
    And is not easy bent or broke
        Thy father he essayed it first
        And now in France his head lies low;
        For sharpest thorn, is ever borne
          O by the bonny Bunch of Roses, O!

  4

  He raised a mighty army
    And many nobles joined his throng
  With pipe and banner flying
    To pluck the rose, he march'd along:
        The stem he found was far too tough
        And piercing sharp, the thorn, I trow.
        No blossom he rent from the tree
          All of the bonny Bunch of Roses, O!

  5

  O mother, dearest mother!
    I lie upon my dying bed,
  And like my gallant father
    Must hide an uncrowned, humbled head.
        Let none henceforth essay to touch
        That rose so red, or full of woe,
        With bleeding hand he'll fly the Land
          The land of the bonny Bunch of Roses, O!



No. 28 THE LAST OF THE SINGERS

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  I reckon the days is departed,
    When folks 'ud a listened to me,
  And I feels like as one broken-hearted,
    A-thinking o' what used to be.
  And I don't know as much be amended,
    Than was in them merry old Times,
  When, wi' pipes and good ale, folks attended,
    To me and my purty old rhymes,
            CHORUS: To me and my purty old rhymes.

  2

  'Tis true, I be cruel asthmatic
    I've lost every tooth i' my head;
  And my limbs be that crim'd wi' rheumatic
    D'rsay I were better in bed.
  Oh my! all the world be for reading
    Newspapers, and books and what not;
  Sure--'tis only conceitedness breeding,
    And the old singing man is forgot.
            CHORUS: And the old singing man is forgot.

  3

  I reckon that wi' my brown fiddle
    I'd go from this cottage to that;
  All the youngsters 'ud dance in the middle,
    Their pulses and feet, pit-a-pat.
  I cu'd zing, if you'd stand me the liquor,
    All the night, and 'ud never give o'er
  My voice--I don't deny it getting thicker,
    But never exhausting my store.
            CHORUS: But never exhausting my store.

  4

  'Tis politics now is the fashion
    As sets folks about by the ear.
  And slops makes the poorest of lushing,
    No zinging for me wi'out beer.
  I reckon the days be departed
    For such jolly gaffers as I,
  Folks never will be so light-hearted
    As they was in the days that's gone by.
            CHORUS: As they was in the days that's gone by.

  5

  O Lor! what wi' their edication,
    And me--neither cypher nor write;
  But in zinging the best in the nation
    And give the whole parish delight.
  I be going, I reckon, full mellow
    To lay in the Churchyard my head;
  So say--God be wi' you, old fellow!
    The last o' the Zingers is dead.
            CHORUS: The last o' the Zingers is dead.



No. 29 THE TYTHE PIG

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  All you that love a bit of fun, come listen here awhile,
  I'll tell you of a droll affair, will cause you all to smile.
            The Parson dress'd, all in his best,
            Cock'd hat and bushy wig,
  He went into a farmer's house, to choose a sucking pig.
            Good morning, said the Parson; good morning, sir, to you!
            I'm come to take a sucking pig, a pig that is my due.

  2

  Then went the farmer to the stye, amongst the piglings small,
  He chose the very wee-est pig, the wee-est of them all;
            But when the Parson saw the choice,
            How he did stamp and roar!
  He snorted loud, he shook his wig, he almost-cursed and swore.
            Good morning &c.

  3

  O then out spake the Farmer, Since my offer you refuse
  Pray step into the stye yourself, that you may pick and choose.
            So to the stye the Priest did hie,
            And there without ado,
  The old sow ran with open mouth, and grunting at him flew.
            Good morning &c.

  4

  She caught him by the breeches black, that loudly he did cry
  O help me! help me from the sow! or surely I shall die.
            The little pigs his waistcoat tore,
            His stockings and his shoes,
  The Farmer said, with bow and smile, You're welcome, sir, to choose.
            Good morning &c.

  5

  Away the Parson scamper'd home, as fast as he could run,
  His wife was standing at the door, expecting his return,
            But when she saw him in such plight
            She fainted clean away,
  Alas! alas! the Parson said, I bitter rue this day.
            Good morning &c.

  6

  Go fetch me down a suit of clothes, a sponge and soap, I pray,
  And bring me, too, my greasy wig, and rub me down with hay.
            Another time, I won't be nice,
            When a gathering my dues;
  Another time in sucking pigs, I will not pick and choose.
            Good morning, said the Parson, good morning, sirs, to you,
            I will not pick a sucking pig--I leave the choice to you.



No. 30 OLD WICHET

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  I went into my stable to see what I might see,
  And there I saw three horses stand, by one, by two, by three.
  I call'd unto my loving wife, and "Coming Sir!" said she,
  "O what do these three horses here without the leave of me?"
          "Why, old fool, blind fool! can't you very well see,
          That these are three milking cows my mother sent to me?"
  "Hey boys! Fill the cup! Milking cows with saddles up,
  The like was never known, the like was never known."
  Old Wichet went a noodle out, a noodle he came home.

  2

  I went into the kitchen, to see what I might see,
  And there I saw three swords hung up, by one, by two, by three.
  I call'd unto my loving wife, and "Coming Sir!" said she,
  "O what do these three swords hang here without the leave of me?"
          "Why, old fool, blind fool! can't you very well see,
          That these are three toasting forks, my mother sent to me?"
  "Hey boys! Well done! Toasting forks with scabbards on!
  The like," &c.

  3

  I went into the pantry, to see what I might see,
  And there I saw three pair of boots, by one, by two, by three.
  I called unto my loving wife, and "Coming Sir!" said she,
  "O what do these three pair of boots without the leave of me?"
          "Why, old fool, blind fool! can't you very well see,
          That these are three pudding bags, my mother sent to me?"
  "Hey boys! Well done! Pudding bags with steel spurs on,
  The like," &c.

  4

  I went into the dairy, to see what I might see,
  And there I saw three beavers, by one, by two, by three.
  I call'd unto my kind wife, and "Coming Sir!" said she,
  "O what do these three beavers here without the leave of me?"
          "Why, old fool, blind fool! can't you very well see,
          That these are three milking pails, my mother sent to me?"
  "Hey boys! Well done! Milking pails with ribbons on,
  The like," &c.

  5

  I went into the chamber, to see what I might see,
  And there I saw three men in bed, by one, by two, by three.
  I called unto my kind wife, and "Coming Sir!" said she,
  "O why sleep here three gentlemen without the leave of me?"
          "Why old fool, blind fool! can't you very well see,
          That these are three milking maids, my mother sent to me?"
  "Hey boys! Well done! Milking maids with beards on,
  The like," &c.

  6

  I went about the chamber, as quick as quick might be,
  I kicked the three men down the stairs, by one, by two, by three.
  "Without your hats and boots be off, your horses leave and flee,
  Your purses 'neath your pillows left; they too belong to me.
          Why old wife, blind wife! can't you very well see,
          That these are three highwaymen from justice hid by thee?"
  "Hey boys! purses left! knaves they be, and away are flown.
  The like was never known, the like was never known."
  Old Wichet went a noodle out, a wise man he came home.



No. 31 JAN'S COURTSHIP

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Come hither, son Jan! since thou art a man,
      I'll gi'e the best counsel in life,
  Come, sit down by me, and my story shall be,
      I'll tell how to get thee a wife.
        Iss, I will! man, I will!
            Zure I will!
        I'll tell how to get thee a wife! Iss, I will!

  2

  Thy self thou must dress in thy Sunday-go-best;
      They'll at first turn away and be shy.
  But boldly, kiss each purty maid that thou see'st,
      They'll call thee their Love, by-and-bye.
        Iss, they will! man, they will!
            Zure they will!
        They'll call thee their love by-and-bye! Iss, they will!

  3

  So a courting Jan goes in his holiday clothes,
      All trim, nothing ragged and torn,
  From his hat to his hose; with a sweet yellow rose,
      He looked like a gentleman born.
        Iss, he did! man he did!
            Zure he did!
        He looked like a gentleman born! Iss he did!

  4

  The first pretty lass that Jan did see pass,
      A farmer's fat daughter called Grace.
  He'd scarce said 'How do?' and a kind word or two,
      Her fetched him a slap in the face.
        Iss, her did! man, her did!
            Zure her did!
        Her fetched him a slap in the face! Iss, her did!

  5

  As Jan, never fearing o' nothing at all
      Was walking adown by the locks,
  He kiss'd the parson's wife, which stirred up a strife
      And Jan was put into the stocks.
        Iss, he was! man, he was!
            Zure he was!
        And Jan was put into the stocks! Iss, he was!

  6

  'If this be the way, how to get me a wife,'
      Quoth Jan, 'I will never have none.
  I'd rather live single the whole of my life
      And home to my mammy I'll run.
        Iss, I will! man, I will
            Zure I will!
        And home to my mammy I'll run! Iss, I will.'



No. 32 THE DROWNED LOVER

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  As I was a-walking down by the sea-shore,
  Where the winds whistled high, and the waters did roar,
  Where the winds whistled high, and the waves raged around,
  I heard a fair maid make a pitiful sound,
            Crying, O! my love is drowned!
                My love must I deplore!
            And I never, O! never
                Shall see my love more!

  2

  I never a nobler, a truer did see
  A lion in courage, but gentle to me,
  An eye like an eagle, a heart like a dove,
  And the song that he sang me was ever of love.
            Now I cry, O! my love is drowned!
                My love must I deplore!
            And I never, O! never
                Shall see my love more!

  3

  He is sunk in the waters, there lies he asleep,
  I will plunge there as well, I will kiss his cold feet,
  I will kiss the white lips, once coral-like red,
  And die at his side, for my true love is dead.
            Now I cry, O! my love is drowned.
                My love must I deplore
            And I never, O! never
                Shall see my love more!



No. 33 CHILDE THE HUNTER

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Come, listen all, both great and small
      To you a tale I'll tell,
  What on this bleak and barren moor,
      In ancient days befell.
  It so befell, as I've heard tell,
      There came the hunter Childe,
  All day he chased on heath and waste,
      On Dart-a-moor so wild.

  2

  The winds did blow, then fell the snow,
      He chased on Fox-tor mire;
  He lost his way, and saw the day,
      And winter's sun expire.
  Cold blew the blast, the snow fell fast,
      And darker grew the night;
  He wandered high, he wandered low,
      And nowhere saw a light.

  3

  In darkness blind, he could not find
      Where he escape might gain,
  Long time he tried, no track espied,
      His labours all in vain.
  His knife he drew, his horse he slew,
      As on the ground it lay;
  He cut full deep, therein to creep,
      And tarry till the day.

  4

  The winds did blow, fast fell the snow,
      And darker grew the night,
  Then well he wot, he hope might not
      Again to see the light.
  So with his finger dipp'd in blood,
      He scrabbled on the stones,--
  "This is my will, God it fulfil,
      And buried be my bones.

  5

  "Whoe'er he be that findeth me
      And brings me to a grave,
  The lands that now to me belong,
      In Plymstock he shall have."
  There was a cross erected then,
      In memory of his name;
  And there it stands, in wild waste lands,
      To testify the same.



No. 34 THE COTTAGE THATCHED WITH STRAW

F.W.B.

[Music]


  1

  In the days of yore, there sat at his door,
      An old farmer and thus sang he,
  'With my pipe and my glass, I wish every class
      On the earth were as well as me!'
  For he en-vi-ed not any man his lot,
      The richest, the proudest, he saw,
  For he had home-brew'd--brown bread,
      And a cottage well thatch'd with straw,
                    A cottage well thatch'd with straw,
                      And a cottage well thatch'd with straw;
                    For he had home-brew'd, brown bread,
                      And a cottage well thatch'd with straw.

  2

  'My dear old dad this snug cottage had,
      And he got it, I'll tell you how.
  He won it, I wot, with the best coin got,
      With the sweat of an honest brow.
  Then says my old dad, Be careful lad
      To keep out of the lawyer's claw.
  So you'll have home-brew'd--brown bread,
      And a cottage well thatch'd with straw.
                    A cottage well thatch'd with straw, &c.

  3

  'The ragged, the torn, from my door I don't turn,
      But I give them a crust of brown;
  And a drop of good ale, my lad, without fail,
      For to wash the brown crust down.
  Tho' rich I may be, it may chance to me,
      That misfortune should spoil my store,
  So--I'd lack home-brew'd--brown bread,
      And a cottage well thatch'd with straw,
                    A cottage well thatch'd with straw, &c.

  4

  'Then in frost and snow to the Church I go,
      No matter the weather how.
  And the service and prayer that I put up there,
      Is to Him who speeds the plough.
  Sunday saints, i' feck, who cheat all the week,
      With a ranting and a canting jaw,
  Not for them is my home-brew'd--brown bread,
      And my cottage well thatch'd with straw.
                    My cottage well thatch'd with straw
                      My cottage well thatch'd with straw.
                    Not for them is my home-brew'd--brown bread,
                      And my cottage well thatch'd with straw.'



No. 35 CICELY SWEET

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  _He:_   Cicely sweet, the morn is fair,
          Wilt thou drive me to despair?
            Oft have I sued in vain
            And now I'm come again,
          Wilt thou be mine, or Yes or No?
            Wilt thou be mine, or No?
  _She:_  Prithee, Simon quit thy suit,
          All thy pains will yield no fruit;
            Go booby, get a sack,
            To stop thy ceaseless clack.
          Go for a booby, go, go, go!
            Go for a booby, go!

  2

  _He:_   Cicely sweet, if thou'lt love me,
          Mother'll do a deal for thee.
            Her'd rather sell her cow,
            Than I should die for thou.
          Wilt thou be mine, or Yes or No?
            Wilt thou be mine, or No?
  _She:_  Mother thine had best by half,
          Keep her cow and sell her calf;
            No, never for a crown;
            Will I marry with a clown;
          Go for a booby, go, go, go!
            Go for a booby, go!

  3

  _He:_   Cicely sweet, you do me wrong,
          My legs be straight, my arms be strong
            I'll carry thee about,
            Thou'lt go no more afoot,
          Wilt thou be mine or Yes, or No?
            Wilt thou be mine, or No?
  _She_:  Keep thy arms to fight in fray,
          Keep thy legs to run away;
            Ne'er will I--as I'm a lass,
            Care to ride upon an ass.
          Go for a booby, go, go, go!
            Go for a booby, go!



No. 36 A SWEET PRETTY MAIDEN SAT UNDER A TREE

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  A sweet pretty maiden sat under a tree,
  She sighed and said, 'Oh! that I married might be,
      My daddy is so crabbed and my mammy is so cross,
      That a husband for certain could never be worse.'

  2

  Young Johnny he heard what the damsel did say.
  He came to her side, and said smiling, 'Today
      I have a little cottage and I have a little horse
      I have a pleasant temper that will not grow worse.

  3

  'If you will be mine, and to that will agree,
  We'll travel together in sweet amity.
      There never will be wrangle, there never can be strife,
      Between a good husband and his pretty wife.'

  4

  The maiden replied, 'I am not very sure,
  That fond matrimony my trouble will cure,
      From daddy and from mammy I quickly run away
      And go into service for a year and a day.

  5

  'The ring that you hold is a link in a chain,
  Will fetter my freedom, my tongue will restrain
      I cannot run away, and I never shall be free,
      So take your kind offer to others than me.'



No. 37 THE WHITE COCKADE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Alas! my love's enlisted,
      He wears a white cockade,
  He is as gay a gallant,
      As any roving blade.
  He's gone the king a serving,
      The white cockade to wear,
  Whilst my poor heart is breaking,
      For the love to him I bear.

  2

  "Leave off your grief and sorrow,
      And quit this doleful strain,
  The white cockade adorns me
      Whilst marching o'er the plain.
  When I return I'll marry,
      By this cockade I swear.
  Your heart from grief must rally,
      And my departure bear."

  3

  "Fair maid, I bring bad tidings."
      So did the Sergeant say;
  "Your love was slain in battle,
      He sends you this to-day,
  The white cockade he flourished
      Now dabbled in his gore.
  With his last kiss he sends it,
      The white cockade he wore."

  4

  She spoke no word--her tears,
      They fell a salten flood;
  And from the draggled ribbons
      Washed out the stains of blood.
  "O mother I am dying!
      And when in grave I'm laid,
  Upon my bosom, mother!
      Then pin the white cockade."



No. 38 THE SAILOR'S FAREWELL

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Farewell! farewell, my Polly dear!
    A thousand times adieu!
  'Tis sad to part; but never fear,
    Your sailor will be true.
  And must I go, and leave you so--
    While thund'ring billows roar?
  I am afraid, my own sweet maid,
    Your face I'll see no more.

  2

  The weavers and the tailors
    Are snoring fast asleep,
  While we poor 'jolly sailors'
    Are tossing on the deep:
  Are tossing on the deep, dear girl,
    In tempest rage and foam;
  When seas run high, and dark the sky,
    We think on those at home.

  3

  When Jack's ashore, safe home once more,
    We lead a merry life;
  With pipe and glass, and buxom lass,
    A sweetheart or a wife;
  We call for liquor merrily,
    We spend our money free,
  And when our money's spent and gone,
    Again we go to sea.

  4

  You'll not know where I am, dear girl,
    But when I'm on the sea,
  My secret thoughts I will unfurl
    In letters home to thee.
  The secrets, aye! of heart, I say,
    And best of my good will.
  My body may lay just where it may
    My heart is with you still.



No. 39 A MAIDEN SAT A WEEPING

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  A maiden sat a-weeping
    Down by the sea shore,
  What ails my pretty mistress?
  What ails my pretty mistress?
    And makes her heart sore!

  2

  Because I am a-weary,
    A-weary in mind,
  No comfort, and no pleasure, love,
  No comfort, and no pleasure, love,
    Henceforth can I find.

  3

  I'll spread my sail of silver,
    I'll loose my rope of silk,
  My mast is of the cypress-tree,
  My mast is of the cypress-tree,
    My track is as milk.

  4

  I'll spread my sail of silver
    I'll steer toward the sun
  And thou, false love wilt weep for me,
  And thou, false love wilt weep for me,
    For me--when I am gone.



No. 40 THE BLUE KERCHIEF

F.W.B.

[Music]


  1

  I saw a sweet maiden trip over the lea,
  Her eyes were as loadstones attracting of me.
  Her cheeks were the roses, that Cupid lurks in,
  With a bonny blue kerchief tied under her chin.

  2

  O where are you going, my fair pretty maid?
  O whither so swift through the dew drops? I said,
  I go to my mother, kind sir, for to spin.
  O the bonny blue kerchief tied under her chin.

  3[9]

  Why wear you that kerchief tied over your head?
  'Tis the country girls' fashion, kind sir, then she said.
  And the fashion young maidens will always be in
  So I wear a blue kerchief tied under my chin.

  4

  To kiss her sweet lips then I sought to begin,
  O nay Sir! she said, 'ere a kiss you would win,
  Pray show me a ring, tho' of gold the most thin.
  O slyest blue kerchief tied under the chin!

  5

  Why wear a _blue_ kerchief, sweet maiden, I said,
  Because the blue colour is one not to fade,
  As a sailor's blue jacket who fights for the king,
  So's my bonny blue kerchief tied under the chin.

  6

  The love that I value is certain to last,
  Not fading and changing, but ever set fast,
  That only the colour, my love sir to win,
  So goodbye from the kerchief tied under the chin.

[Footnote 9: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 41 COME TO MY WINDOW

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Come to my window, my Love, O my Love,
      Come to my window, my Dear.
          For my mammy is asleep,
          And my daddy snoreth deep,
      Then come, e'er the day-light appear.

  2

  Come to my window, my Love, O my Love,
      Come to my window, I pray.
          O the hours so quickly pass,
          And the dew falls on the grass.
      Dear Love come, e'er dawneth the day.

  3

  Come to my window, my Love, O my Love,
      Come or my heart strings will break.
          For the night is speeding by,
          Soon will morning streak the sky,
      And my dad and my mam will awake.

  4

  Come to my window, my Love, O my Love,
      Come e'er the stars cease to shine.
          For my heart is full of fears,
          And my voice is chok'd with tears,
      I am Thine, O thou know'st I am Thine.



No. 42 TOMMY A' LYNN

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Tommy a' Lynn was a Dutchman born,
  His head was bald and his chin was shorn;
  He wore a cap made of rabbit's skin
  With the skin side out and the wool within.
            All to my tooth and my link-a-lum-lee
                  Tommy a ranter and a rover,
                  Tommy a bone of my stover,
                  Brew, screw, rivet the tin,
  O a rare old man was Tommy a' Lynn.

  2

  Tommy a' Lynn had no boots to put on,
  But two calves hides with the hair all gone.
  They were split at the side and the water ran in,
  I must wear wet feet, said Tommy a' Lynn.
            All to my tooth, &c.

  3

  Tommy a' Lynn has a hunting gone.
  A saddle of urchin's skins he put on.
  The urchin's prickles were sharp as a pin,
  I've got a sore seat, said Tommy a' Lynn.
            All to my tooth, &c.

  4

  Tommy a' Lynn has a hunting gone.
  A bridle of mouse tails has he put on.
  The bridle broke and the horse ran away,
  I'm not well bridled, said Tommy, to-day.
            All to my tooth, &c.[10]

  5

  Tom a' Lynn's daughter, she sat on the stair,
  O Father I fancy I'm wondrous fair!
  The stairs they broke, and the maid fell in,
  You're fair enough now, said Tommy a' Lynn.
            All to my tooth, &c.

  6

  Tommy a' Lynn, his wife and her mother
  They all fell into the fire together.
  Ow yow! said the upper-most, I've a hot skin,
  It's hotter below! said Tommy a' Lynn.
            All to my tooth, &c.

[Footnote 10: There is another verse, but it would make the song over
long to sing it.

     Tommy a' Lynn had no watch to put on,
     So he scooped out a turnip to make himself one;
     He caught a cricket, and put it within.
     It's a rare old ticker, said Tommy a' Lynn.]



No. 43 THE GREEN BUSHES

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  As I was a walking one morning in May,
  To hear the birds whistle, see lambkins at play,
  I spied a fair damsel, O sweetly sang she--
  'Down by the green bushes he thinks to meet me.'

  2

  'O where are you going, my sweet pretty maid?'
  'My lover I'm seeking, kind sir', she said.
  'Shall I be your lover, and will you agree,
  To forsake the old love, and forgather with me?

  3

  'I'll buy you fine beavers, a gay silken gown,
  With furbelowed petticoats flounced to the ground,
  If you'll leave your old love, and following me,
  Forsake the green bushes, where he waits for thee?'

  4

  'Quick, let us be moving, from under the trees,
  Quick, let us be moving, kind sir, if you please;
  For yonder my true love is coming, I see,
  Down by the green bushes he thinks to meet me.'

  5

  The old love arrived, the maiden was gone
  He sighed very deeply, he sighed all alone,
  'She is on with another, before off with me,
  So, adieu ye green bushes for ever!' said he.

  6

  'I'll be as a schoolboy, I'll frolic and play,
  No false hearted maiden shall trouble my day,
  Untroubled at night, I will slumber and snore,
  So, adieu, ye green bushes! I'll fool it no more.'



No. 44 THE BROKEN TOKEN

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  One summer evening, a maiden fair
  Was walking forth in the balmy air,
  She met a sailor upon the way;
            'Maiden stay' he whispered,
            'Maiden stay' he whispered
                'O pretty maiden, stay!'

  2

  'Why art thou walking abroad alone?
  The stars are shining, the day is done,'
  O then her tears they began to flow;
            For a dark eyed sailor,
            For a dark eyed sailor
                Had filled her heart with woe.

  3

  'Three years are pass'd since he left this land,
  A ring of gold he took off my hand,
  He broke the token, a half to keep,
            Half he bade me treasure,
            Half he bade me treasure,
                Then crossed the briny deep.'

  4

  'O drive him damsel from out your mind,
  For men are changeful as is the wind,
  And love, inconstant will quickly grow
            Cold as winter morning
            Cold as winter morning
                When lands are white with snow.'

  5

  'Above the snow is the holly seen,
  In bitter blast it abideth green,
  And blood-red drops it as berries bears
            So my aching bosom,
            So my aching bosom,
                Its truth and sorrow wears.'

  6

  Then half the ring did the sailor show,
  Away with weeping and sorrow now!
  'In bands of marriage united we
            Like the broken Token
            Like the broken Token
                In one shall welded be.'



No. 45 THE MOLE-CATCHER.

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  A mole-catcher am I, and that is my trade,
  I potters about wi' my spunt and my spade,
              On a moon-shiny night, O! 'tis my delight,
                              A-catching o' moles.

  2

  The traps that I set for the mole in his run,
  There's never a night, sirs, but I catches one.
              On a moon-shiny night, O! 'tis my delight,
                              A-catching o' moles.

  3

  Along of the lanes as by night-time I go,
  There's things that I see, as the folks don't know,
              On a moon-shiny night, &c.

  4

  There's frolic and lark in the field and the park,
  For others than moles will be out in the dark,
              On a moon-shiny night, &c.

  5

  The maiden by day that's too modest to speak
  Is gadding abroad, by the night all the week,
              On a moon-shiny night, &c.

  6

  The 'prentice who should be a lying in bed
  Is rambling over the meadows instead,
              On a moon-shiny night, &c.

  7[11]

  I light on the poacher wi' sniggle and snare,
  But that I'll not peach he is surely aware,
              On a moon-shiny night, &c.

  8

  The doctor and lawyer as drunk as a dog,
  Are wallowing into a ditch or a bog,
              On a moon-shiny night, &c.

  9

  There's many a sight; and there's many a sound
  Wot maketh me laugh as I'm making my round,
              On a moon-shiny night, &c.

  10

  But nothing I sez for I'm mum as a bell,
  You certainly know that no tales will I tell,
              On a moon-shiny night, O! 'tis my delight,
                              A-catching o' moles
                                      Not human souls.

[Footnote 11: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 46 THE KEENLY LODE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Old Uncle Pengerric a Captain was,
    A dowser shrewd was he;
  Who feathered his nest from the keenly lode
    That ruined you and me.
  The Captain was traversing Brandy Moor,
    With hazel twig in hand,
  The hazel twisted and turned about
    And brought him to a stand.
          CHORUS. Oh! the keenly lode, the keenly lode
                    Of bâlls the best, my boys;
                  Old Uncle Pengerric very well know'd
                    How to feather his nest, my boys.

  2

  Old Uncle Pengerric so big did brag
    Of ore in Brandy Bâll,
  "Come fork out your money my Christian friends,
    Your fortunes treble all."
  Now Uncle was reckoned a preacher stout,
    A burning and shining light.
  The people all said, "What he has in head
    Will surely turn out right."
          CHORUS. Oh! the keenly lode, &c.

  3

  The Company floated, the Shares up paid,
    The gold came flowing in.
  He set up a whim, and began to sink
    For the keenly lode of tin.
  He had not burrowed but five foot six
    'Ere he came to a buried hoss.
  Said Uncle Pengerric, "No fault of mine,
    Tho't turn out some one's loss."
          CHORUS. Oh! the keenly lode, &c.

  4

  The shaft descended, but ne'er a grain
    Of ore was brought to ground.
  And presently Uncle Pengerric too,
    Was not in Cornwall found.
  But wherever he goes, and whenever he talks,
    He says:--"The rod told true,
  It brought to me luck, but it turn'd and struck
    At nought but an old horse-shoe."
          CHORUS. Oh! the keenly lode, &c.

     Note: A Keenly Lode is a Lode that promises well.

     A Bâll is the Cornish for a mine.



No. 47 MAY-DAY CAROL

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Awake, ye pretty maids, awake,
    Refreshed from drowsy dream,
  And haste to dairy house, and take
    For us a dish of cream.

  2

  If not a dish of yellow cream,
    Then give us kisses three;
  The woodland bower is white with flower,
    And green is every tree.

  3

  A branch of May we bear about
    Before the door it stands;
  There's not a sprout unbudded out,
    The work of God's own hands.

  4

  Awake, awake ye pretty maids,
    And take the May-bush in,
  Or 'twill be gone ere tomorrow morn,
    And you'll have none within.

  5

  Throughout the night, before the light,
    There fell the dew or rain,
  It twinkles bright on May bush white,
    It sparkles on the plain.

  6

  The heavenly gates are open wide
    To let escape the dew,
  And heavenly grace falls on each place
    It drops on us and you.

  7

  The life of man is but a span,
    He blossoms as a flower,
  He makes no stay, is here to-day,
    And vanish'd in an hour.[12]

  8

  My song is done, I must be gone,
    Nor make a longer stay.
  God bless you all, both great and small,
    And send you gladsome May.

[Footnote 12: Verses 6 & 7, and there have been others of like
moralising nature, were added when the character of the May-Day visit
was altered from one of lovers to their sweet-hearts into one of
children seeking May-Gifts. Then the 'Kisses three' were changed to
'Pennies one or three.']



No. 48 THE LOVER'S TASKS

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  _He:_   O buy me, my Lady, a cambric shirt
            Whilst every grove rings with a merry antine
              (_antienne anthem_)
          And stitch it without any needle work
            And thou shalt be a true lover of mine.

  2

          O thou must wash it in yonder well,
            Whilst every grove &c.
          Where never a drop of water in fell,
            And thou shalt &c.

  3

          And thou must bleach it on yonder grass,
            Whilst every grove &c.
          Where never a foot or hoof did pass.
            And thou shalt &c.

  4

          And thou must hang it upon a white thorn,
            Whilst every grove &c.
          That never blossom'd since Adam was born
            And thou shalt &c.

  5

          And when these works are finished and done
            Whilst every grove &c.
          I'll take and marry thee under the sun.
            And thou shalt &c.

  6[13]

  _She:_  Thou must buy for me an acre of land,
            Whilst every grove &c.
          Between the salt sea and the yellow sand
            And thou shalt &c.

  7

          Thou must plough it o'er with a horses horn
            Whilst every grove &c.
          And sow it over with a pepper corn,
            And thou shalt &c.

  8

          Thou must reap it, too, with a piece of leather,
            Whilst every grove &c.
          And bind it up with a peacock's feather,
            And thou shalt &c.

  9

          Thou must take it up in a bottomless sack,
            Whilst every grove &c.
          And bear it to the mill on a butterfly's back.
            And thou shalt &c.

  10

          And when these works are finished and done
            Whilst every grove &c.
          I'll take and marry thee under the sun.
            And thou shalt &c.

[Footnote 13: All the second part may be omitted.]



No. 49 LULLABY

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  Sleep, baby sleep!
    Dad is not nigh,
  Tossed on the deep,
    Lul-lul-a-by!
  Moon shining bright,
    Dropping of dew.
  Owls hoot all night
    To-whit! to-whoo!

  2

  Sleep, baby sleep!
    Dad is away,
  Tossed on the deep,
    Looking for day.
  In the hedge row
    Glow-worms alight,
  Rivulets flow,
    All through the night.

  3

  Sleep, baby sleep!
    Dad is afar,
  Tossed on the deep,
    Watching a star.
  Clock going--tick,
    Tack--in the dark.
  On the hearth-brick,
    Dies the last spark.

  4

  Sleep, baby sleep!
    What! not a wink!
  Dad on the deep,
    What will he think?
  Baby dear, soon
    Daddy will come,
  Bringing red shoon
    For baby at home.



No. 50 THE GIPSY COUNTESS

PART I.

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  There came an Earl a riding by,
    A gipsy maid espyed he;
  "O nut-brown maid, from green-wood glade,
    O prithee come along with me."
  "In green-wood glade, fair Sir!" she said,
    "I am so blythe, as bird so gay.
  In thy castle tall, in bower and hall,
    I fear for grief I'd pine away."

  2

  "Thou shalt no more be set in stocks,
    And tramp about from town to town,
  But thou shalt ride in pomp and pride
    In velvet red and broidered gown."
  "My brothers three no more I'd see,
    If that I went with thee, I trow.
  They sing me to sleep, with songs so sweet,
    They sing as on our way we go."

  3

  "Thou shalt not be torn by thistle and thorn,
    With thy bare feet all in the dew.
  But shoes shall wear of Spanish leather
    And silken stockings all of blue."
  "I will not go to thy castle high,
    For thou wilt weary soon, I know,
  Of the gipsy maid, from green-wood glade,
    And drive her forth in rain and snow."

  4

  "All night you lie neath the starry sky
    In rain and snow you trudge all day,
  But thy brown head, in a feather bed,
    When left the gipsies, thou shalt lay."
  "I love to lie 'neath the starry sky,
    I do not heed the snow and rain,
  But fickle as wind, I fear to find
    The man who now my heart would gain."

  5

  "I will thee wed, sweet maid," he said,
    "I will thee wed with a golden ring,
  Thy days shall be spent in merriment;
    For us the marriage bells shall swing."
  The dog did howl, and screech'd the owl,
    The raven croaked, the night-wind sighed;
  The wedding bell from the steeple fell,
    As home the Earl did bear his bride.



No. 50 THE GIPSY COUNTESS

PART II.

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Three Gipsies stood at the Castle gate,
    They sang so high, they sang so low,
  The lady sate in her chamber late,
    Her heart it melted away as snow,
                        Away as snow,
                Her heart it melted away as snow.

  2

  They sang so sweet; they sang so shrill,
    That fast her tears began to flow.
  And she laid down her silken gown,
    Her golden rings, and all her show,
                        All her show &c.

  3[14]

  She plucked off her high-heeled shoes,
    A-made of Spanish leather, O.
  She would in the street; with her bare, bare feet;
    All out in the wind and weather, O.
                        Weather, O! &c.

  4

  She took in hand but a one posie,
    The wildest flowers that do grow.
  And down the stair went the lady fair,
    To go away with the gipsies, O!
                        The gipsies, O! &c.

  5

  At past midnight her lord came home,
    And where his lady was would know;
  The servants replied on every side,
    She's gone away with the gipsies, O!
                        The gipsies, O! &c.

  6[15]

  Then he rode high, and he rode low,
    And over hill and vale, I trow,
  Until he espied his fair young bride,
    Who'd gone away with the gipsies, O!
                        The gipsies, O! &c.

  7[16]

  O will you leave your house and lands,
    Your golden treasures for to go,
  Away from your lord that weareth a sword,
    To follow along with the gipsies, O!
                        The gipsies, O! &c.

  8

  O I will leave my house and lands,
    My golden treasures for to go,
  I love not my lord that weareth a sword,
    I'll follow along with the gipsies, O!
                        The gipsies, O! &c.

  9

  'Nay, thou shalt not!' then he drew, I wot,
    The sword that hung at his saddle bow,
  And once he smote on her lily-white throat,
    And there her red blood down did flow
                        Down did flow, &c.

  10

  Then dipp'd in blood was the posie good,
    That was of the wildest flowers that blow.
  She sank on her side, and so she died,
    For she would away with the gipsies, O!
                        The gipsies, O!
                For she would away with the gipsies O!

[Footnote 14: In singing, these may be omitted.]

[Footnote 15: In singing, these may be omitted.]

[Footnote 16: In singing, these may be omitted.]



No. 51 THE GREY MARE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Young Roger, the Miller, went courting of late
  A farmer's sweet daughter called Beautiful Kate;
  Now Kitty was buxom, and bonny and fair,
  Had plenty of humour, of frolic a share,
  And her father possessed an uncommon grey mare,
                          A grey mare, a grey mare,
                          An uncommon grey mare.

  2

  So Roger he dressed himself up as a beau,
  He comb'd down his locks, and in collars of snow,
  He went to the farmer, and said, "How d'y do?
  I love pretty Kitty, to her I'll prove true;
  Will you give me the grey mare and Katherine too,
                          The grey mare, the grey mare &c.

  3

  "She's a very nice maiden, a-courting I'm come.
  Lawks! how I would like the grey mare to ride home!
  I love your sweet daughter so much I declare,
  I'm ready my mill--and my stable--to share,
  With Kitty the charming, and with the grey mare,
                          The grey mare, the grey mare &c."

  4

  "You're welcome to her, to her hand and her heart,
  But from the grey mare, man, I never will part."
  So said the old farmer,--then Roger, "I swear,
  It is up with my courting, for Kate I don't care,
  Unless I be given as well the grey mare.
                          The grey mare, the grey mare &c."

  5

  The years had pass'd swiftly, when withered and grey,
  Old Roger, the Miller, met Katherine one day,
  Said he, "I remember you, buxom and fair,
  As roses your cheeks and as broom was your hair
  And I came a courting!--Ah, Kate! the grey mare,
                          The grey mare, the grey mare &c."

  6

  "I remember your coming to court the grey mare
  Very well, Mr. Roger, when golden my hair,
  And cheeks were as roses that bloom on the wall.
  But, lawks! Mr. Roger,--I can not recall
  That e'er you came sweet-hearting _me_, man, at all,
                          But the mare, the grey mare
                          That uncommon grey mare."



No. 52 THE WRECK OFF SCILLY

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  Come all you brisk young sailors bold
    That plough the raging main,
  A tragedy I will unfold
    In story sad and plain.
  From my true love 'twas pressed was I
    The gallant ship to steer
  To Indies west,--each heart beat high
    With confidence and cheer.

  2

  A year was gone, and home at last,
    We turn'd with swelling sail,
  When--'ere the Scilly over-passed
    There broke on us a gale.
  The boatswain up aloft did go.
    He went aloft so high.
  More angry did the ocean grow,
    More menacing the sky.

  3

  To make the stripe in vain we tried
    The Scilly rocks to clear,
  The thunder of the furious tide
    Was filling every ear.
  There came a sharp and sudden shock,--
    Each thought of wife and home!
  The gallant ship was on a rock,
    And swept with wave and foam.

  4

  Of eighty seamen 'prised the crew,
    But one did reach the shore,
  The gallant vessel, good and true,
    Was shattered aft and fore.
  The news to Plymouth swift did fly,
    That our good ship was gone;
  And wet with tears was many an eye,
    And many a widow lone.

  5

  And when I came to Plymouth sound
    Alive, of eighty dead,
  My pretty love, then false I found
    And to a landsman wed.
  O gentles all that live on land
    Be-think the boys at sea,
  Lo! here I stand with cap in hand,
    And crave your charity.



No. 53 HENRY MARTYN

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  In merry Scotland, in merry Scotland,
    There lived brothers three,
  They all did cast lots which of them should go,
    A robbing upon the salt sea.

  2

  The lot it fell upon Henry Martyn,
    The youngest of the three,
  That he should go rob on the salt, salt sea,
    To maintain his brothers and he.

  3

  He had not a sailed a long winter's night,
    Nor yet a short winter's day,
  Before he espied the King's gallant ship,
    Come sailing along that way.

  4

  How far, how far, cried Henry Martyn,
    How far are you going? said he
  For I am a robber upon the salt seas,
    To maintain my brothers and me.

  5

  Stand off, stand off! the Captain he cried,
    The lifeguards they are aboard.
  My cannons are loaden with powder and shot;
    And every man hath a sword.

  6

  For three long hours they merrily fought,
    For hours they fought full three.
  And many a blow it dealt many a wound,
    As they fought on the salt, salt sea.

  7

  Twas broadside against a broadside then,
    And at it, the which should win,
  A shot in the gallant ship bored a hole,
    And then did the water rush in.

  8

  Bad news! bad news, for old England
    Bad news has come to the town,
  The king his vessel is wrecked and lost,
    An all his brave soldiers drown.

  9

  Bad news! bad news through the London street!
    Bad news has come to the King,
  The lives of his guard they be all a lost,
    O the tidings be sad that I bring.

  10

  O had I a twisted rope of hemp,
    A bowstring strong though thin;
  I'd soon hang him up to his middle yard arm,
    And have done with Henry Martyn.



No. 54 PLYMOUTH SOUND

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  O the fair town of Plymouth is by the sea-side,
  The Sound is so blue, and so still and so wide,
  Encircled with hills and with forests all green,
  As a crown of fresh leaves on the head of a queen,
        O dear Plymouth town, and O blue Plymouth Sound!
        O where is your equal on Earth to be found.

  2

  O the maidens of Plymouth are comely and sweet,
  So mirthful of eye and so nimble of feet,
  I love all the lasses of Plymouth so well,
  That the which I love best not a prophet can tell.
        O dear Plymouth town, &c.

  3

  O the bells of old Plymouth float over the bay,
  My heart it does melt, as I'm sailing away.
  O be they a ringing when I do return,
  With thoughts matrimonial my bosom will burn.
        O dear Plymouth town, &c.

  4

  For the maidens of Plymouth my love is so hot,
  With a bushel of rings I would marry the lot.
  But as I can't marry them all, well-a-day!
  Perhaps it's as well that I'm sailing away.
        O dear Plymouth town, &c.



No. 55 THE FOX

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  The fox went out one winter night,
  And prayed the moon to give him light,
  For he'd many a mile to go that night,
      Before he reached his den, O!
          Den, O! Den, O!
  For he'd many a mile to go that night,
  For he'd many a mile to go that night,
      Before he reached his den, O!

  2

  At last he came to a farmer's yard,
  Where ducks and geese were all afear'd,
  "The best of you all shall grease my beard,
      Before I leave the Town O!
          Town, O! Town, O!
  The best of you all &c."

  3

  He took the grey goose by the neck,
  He laid a duck across his back,
  And heeded not their quack! quack! quack!
      The legs of all dangling down, O!
          Down, O! Down, O!
  And heeded not &c.

  4

  Then old mother Slipper Slopper jump'd out of bed
  And out of the window she pop't her head,
  Crying "Oh! John, John! the grey goose is dead,
      And the fox is over the down, O!"
          Down, O! Down, O!
  Crying "O John, John &c."

  5

  Then John got up to the top o' the hill,
  And blew his horn both loud and shrill,
  "Blow on" said Reynard, "your music still,
      Whilst I trot home to my den, O!"
          Den, O! Den, O!
  "Blow on" said Reynard &c.

  6

  At last he came to his cosy den,
  Where sat his young ones, nine or ten.
  Quoth they, "Daddy, you must go there again,
      For sure, 'tis a lucky town, O!"
          Town, O! Town, O!
  Quoth they, "Daddy, &c."

  7

  The fox and wife without any strife,
  They cut up the goose without fork or knife,
  And said 'twas the best they had eat in their life,
      And the young ones pick'd the bones, O!
          Bones, O! Bones, O!
  And said 'twas the best, &c.



No. 56 FURZE BLOOM

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  There's not a cloud a sailing by,
    That does not hold a shower;
  There's not a furze-bush on the moor,
    That doth not put forth flower.
  About the roots we need not delve,
    The branches need not prune,
  The yellow furze will ever flower,
    And ever love's in tune!
      When the furze is out of flower,
      Then love is out of tune.

  2

  There's not a season of the year,
    Nor weather hot nor cold,
  In windy spring, in watery fall,
    But furze is clad in gold.
  It blossoms in the falling snow,
    It blazes bright in June,
  And love, like it, is always here,
    And ever opportune.
      When the furze is out of flower,
      Then love is out of tune.

  3[17]

  There's not a saucy lad I wot,
    With light and roguish eye,
  That doth not love a pretty lass,
    And kiss her on the sly,
  There's not a maiden in the shire
    From Hartland Point to Brent,
  In velvet, or in cotton gown,
    That will his love resent.
      When the furze is out of flower,
      Then love is out of tune.

  4

  Beside the fire with toasted crabs,
    We sit and love is there,
  In merry spring, with apple flowers,
    It flutters in the air.
  At harvest when we toss the sheaves,
    Then Love with them is toss't.
  At fall when nipp'd and sere the leaves,
    Unnipp't is Love by frost.
      When the furze is out of flower,
      Then love is out of tune.

[Footnote 17: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 57 THE OXEN PLOUGHING

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  Prithee lend your jocund voices,
    For to listen we're agreed:
  Come sing of songs the choicest,
    Of the life the ploughboys lead.
  There are none that live so merry
    As the ploughboy does in Spring
  When he hears the sweet birds whistle
    And the nightingales to sing.
            With my Hump-a-long! Jump-a-long!
            Here drives my lad along!
                Pretty, Sparkle, Berry
                Good-luck, Speedwell, Cherry!
            We are the lads that can follow the plough.

  2

  For it's, O my little ploughboy
    Come awaken in the morn,
  When the cock upon the dunghill
    Is a-blowing of his horn.
  Soon the sun above Brown Willy,[18]
    With his golden face will show;
  Therefore hasten to the linney
    Yoke the oxen to the plough.
            With my Hump-a-long! &c.

  3

  In the heat of the daytime
    It's but little we can do.
  We will lie beside our oxen
    For an hour, or for two.
  On the banks of sweet violets,
    I'll take my noontide rest,
  And it's I can kiss a pretty girl
    As hearty as the best.
            With my Hump a long! &c.

  4

  When the sun at eve is setting
    And the shadows fill the vale,
  Then our throttles we'll be wetting,
    With the farmer's humming ale.
  And the oxen home returning
    We will send into the stall.
  Where the logs and turf are burning,
    We'll be merry ploughboys all.
            With my Hump a long! &c.

  5

  O the farmer must have seed, sirs,
    Or I swear he cannot sow.
  And the miller with his mill wheel
    Is an idle man also.
  And the huntsman gives up hunting,
    And the tradesman stands aside,
  And the poor man bread is wanting,
    So 'tis we for all provide.
            With my Hump a long! &c.

[Footnote 18: Or any other suitable hill.]



No. 58 FLORA, THE LILY OF THE WEST

C.J.S.

[Music: in D minor]


  1

  'Twas when I came to England, some pleasures for to find,
  There I espied a damsel most pleasing to my mind;
  Her rosy cheeks and shining eyes as arrows pierced my breast,
  Her name was lovely Flora, the Lily of the West.

  2

  Her golden hair in ringlets hung, her dress was spangled o'er;
  She'd rings on every finger, brought from a foreign shore;
  'Twould ruin kings and princes, so richly was she dress'd,
  She far excelleth Venus, this Lily of the West.

  3

  I courted her a fortnight, in hopes her love to gain,
  But soon she turn'd against me, which caused all my pain.
  She robb'd me of my freedom, she robb'd me of my rest,
  I roam, forsook of Flora, the Lily of the West.

  4

  Alas! where'er I wander, however much I will,
  The thought of that fair maiden abideth with me still;
  For ever I am downcast, for ever sore oppress'd,
  An outcast e'er from Flora, the Lily of the West.



No. 58 FLORA, THE LILY OF THE WEST

C.J.S.

[Music: in G Major]


  1

  'Twas when I came to England, some pleasure for to find,
  There I espied a damsel most pleasing to my mind;
  Her rosy cheeks and shining eyes as arrows pierced my breast,
  Her name was Lovely Flora, the Lily of the West.

  2

  Her golden hair in ringlets hung, her dress was spangled o'er;
  She'd rings on every finger, brought from a foreign shore;
  'Twould ruin kings and princes, so richly was she dress'd,
  She far excelleth Venus, this Lily of the West.

  3

  I courted her a fortnight, in hopes her love to gain,
  But soon she turn'd against me, which caused all my pain.
  She robb'd me of my freedom, she robb'd me of my rest,
  I roam, forsook of Flora, the Lily of the West.

  4

  Alas! where'er I wander, however much I will
  The thought of that fair maiden abideth with me still;
  For ever I am downcast, for ever am oppress'd,
  An outcast e'er from Flora, the Lily of the West.



No. 59 THE SIMPLE PLOUGHBOY

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  O the Ploughboy was a ploughing
  With his horses on the plain,
        And was singing of a song as on went he.
  "Since that I have fall'n in love,
  If the parents disapprove,
        'Tis the first thing that will send me to the sea."

  2

  When the parents came to know
  That their daughter loved him so,
        Then they sent a gang, and pressed him for the sea.
  And they made of him a tar,
  To be slain in cruel war;
        Of the simple Ploughboy singing on the lea.

  3

  The maiden sore did grieve,
  And without a word of leave,
        From her father's house she fled secretlie,
  In male attire dress'd,
  With a star upon her breast,
        All to seek her simple Ploughboy on the sea.

  4

  Then she went o'er hill and plain,
  And she walked in wind and rain,
        Till she came to the brink of the blue sea.
  Saying, "I am forced to rove,
  For the loss of my true love,
        Who is but a simple Ploughboy from the lea."

  5[19]

  Now the first she did behold,
  O it was a sailor bold,
        "Have you seen my simple ploughboy?" then said she.
  "They have press'd him to the fleet,
  Sent him tossing on the deep,
        Who is but a simple Ploughboy from the lea."

  6

  Then she went to the Captain,
  And to him she made complain,
        "O a silly Ploughboy's run away from me!"
  Then the Captain smiled and said,
  "Why Sir! surely you're a maid!
        So the Ploughboy I will render up to thee."

  7

  Then she pullèd out a store,
  Of five hundred crowns and more,
        And she strewed them on the deck, did she,
  Then she took him by the hand,
  And she rowed him to the land,
        Where she wed the simple Ploughboy back from sea.

[Footnote 19: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 60 FAIR LADY, PITY ME

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Dear love, regard my grief,
      Do not my suit disdain;
  O yield me some relief,
      That am with sorrows slain.
  Pity my grievous pain
      Long suffer'd for thy sake,
  Do not my suit disdain
      No time I rest can take.
  These seven long years and more
      Still have I loved thee;
  Do thou my joys restore
      Fair lady, pity me.

  2

  While that I live I love
      So fancy urgeth me;
  My mind can not remove
      Such is my constancy.
  My mind is nobly bent
      Tho' I'm of low degree;
  Sweet lady, give consent
      To love and pity me.
  These seven long years and more
      Still have I loved thee;
  Do thou my joys restore
      Fair lady, pity me.



No. 61 THE PAINFUL PLOUGH

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  O Adam was a ploughboy, when ploughing first begun,
  The next that did succeed him was Cain, his eldest son;
  Some of the generation the calling still pursue,
  That bread may not be wanting, they labour at the plough.

  2

  Samson was the strongest man, and Solomon was wise,
  And Alexander conquering, he made the world his prize,
  King David was a valiant man, and many thousands slew,
  Yet none of all these heroes bold could live without the plough.

  3

  Behold the wealthy merchant, that trades on foreign seas,
  And brings home gold and treasure, for such as live at ease,
  With spices and with cinnamon, and oranges also,
  They're brought us from the Indies, by virtue of the plough.

  4

  I hope there's none offended at me for singing this,
  For never I intended to sing you ought amiss.
  And if you well consider, you'll find the saying true,
  That all mankind dependeth upon the painful plough.



No. 62 AT THE SETTING OF THE SUN

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Come all you young fellows that carry a gun,
  Beware of late shooting when daylight is done;
  For 'tis little you reckon what hazards you run,
  I shot my true love at the setting of the sun
        In a shower of rain as my darling did hie
        All under the bushes to keep herself dry,
        With her head in her apron I thought her a swan,
        And I shot my true love at the setting of the sun.

  2

  I'll fly from my country, I nowhere find rest
  I've shot my true love, like a bird in her nest.
  Like lead on my heart lies the deed I have done,
  I shot my true love at the setting of the sun.
        In a shower, etc.

  3

  In the night the fair maid as a white swan appears,
  She says, O my true love, quick dry up your tears,
  I freely forgive you, I have Paradise won,
  I was shot by my love at the setting of the sun.
        In a shower, etc.

  4

  O the years as they pass leave me lonely and sad,
  I can ne'er love another, and naught makes me glad.
  I wait and expect till life's little span done
  I meet my true love at the rising of the sun
        In a shower, etc.



No. 63 JOLLY FELLOWS THAT FOLLOW THE PLOUGH

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  'Twas early one morning at breaking of day,
  The cocks were a crowing, the farmer did say,
  Come, arise, my good fellows, arise with good will,
  For your horses want something their bellies to fill.
          With rubbing and scrubbing, I swear and I vow,
          That we're all jolly fellows that follow the plough.

  2

  We jump'd out of bed and slipp'd into our clothes,
  Away to the stable each merrily goes.
  When six o'clock cometh, to breakfast we go,
  To good bread and cheese and the best of stingo.
          With rubbing and scrubbing, I swear and I vow,
          That we're all jolly fellows that follow the plough.

  3

  When seven o'clock soundeth to work we do go,
  We hitch up our horses and halloo Wee Woo!
  At eight o' clock, lads, we are merry and bold,
  To see of us which the best furrow can hold.
          With rubbing and scrubbing, I swear and I vow,
          That we're all jolly fellows that follow the plough.

  4

  The farmer came to us, and thus did he say,
  "What have you been doing lads, all the long day?
  You've not ploughed your acre, I swear and I vow,
  You are all lazy fellows that follow the plough."
          With rubbing and scrubbing, I swear and I vow,
          That we're all jolly fellows that follow the plough.

  5

  The carter turns round with a twinkling eye,
  "We have all ploughed our acre, I tell you no lie,
  We have all ploughed our acre, I swear and I vow,
  So we're the right fellows that follow the plough."
          With rubbing and scrubbing, I swear and I vow,
          That we're all jolly fellows that follow the plough.

  6

  The farmer he laughed for he lovèd a joke
  "It is past two o'clock, boys, 'tis time to unyoke.
  Unharness your horses and rub them down well,
  And so I will give you a jug of brown ale."
          With rubbing and scrubbing, I swear and I vow,
          That we're all jolly fellows that follow the plough.

  7

  So, all my fine fellows, wherever you be,
  Come take my advice and be rulèd by me.
  Draw your furrows aright; plough your acre and know
  That such are the fellows to follow the plough.
         With rubbing and scrubbing, I swear and I vow,
         That we're all jolly fellows that follow the plough.



No. 64 THE GOLDEN VANITY

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  A ship I have got in the North Country
  And she goes by the name of the Golden Vanity,
  O I fear she'll be taken by a Spanish Ga-la-lie,
          As she sails by the Low-lands low.

  2

  To the Captain then upspake the little Cabin-boy,
  He said, What is my fee, if the galley I destroy?
  The Spanish Ga-la-lie, if no more it shall annoy,
          As you sail by the Low-lands low.

  3

  Of silver and gold I will give to you a store;
  And my pretty little daughter that dwelleth on the shore,
  Of treasure and of fee as well, I'll give to thee galore,
          As we sail by the Low-lands low.

  4

  Then the boy bared his breast, and straightway leaped in,
  And he held all in his hand, an augur sharp and thin,
  And he swam until he came to the Spanish galleon,
          As she lay by the Low-lands low.

  5

  He bored with the augur, he bored once and twice,
  And some were playing cards, and some were playing dice,
  When the water flowed in it dazzled their eyes,
          And she sank by the Low-lands low.

  6[20]

  So the Cabin-boy did swim all to the larboard side,
  Saying Captain! take me in, I am drifting with the tide!
  I will shoot you! I will kill you! the cruel Captain cried,
          You may sink by the Low-lands low.

  7

  Then the Cabin-boy did swim all to the starboard side
  Saying, Messmates take me in, I am drifting with the tide!
  Then they laid him on the deck, and he closed his eyes and died,
          As they sailed by the Low-lands low.

  8[21]

  They sewed his body up, all in an old cow's hide,
  And they cast the gallant cabin-boy, over the ship's side,
  And left him without more ado adrifting with the tide,
          And to sink by the Low-lands low.

[Footnote 20: May be omitted in singing.]

[Footnote 21: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 65 THE BOLD DRAGOON

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  A bold dragoon from out of the North,
    To a lady's house came riding;
  With clank of steel, and spur at his heel,
    His consequence noways hiding.
  "Bring forth good cheer, tap claret and beer,
    For here I think of abiding,
            Abiding, Abiding.

  2

  "The chamber best with arras be dress'd
    I intend to be comfortable.
  Such troopers as we always make ourselves free,
    Heigh!--lead my horse to the stable!
  Give him corn and hay, but for me Tockay,
    We'll eat and drink whilst able,
            Able, aye! Able.

  3

  "The daintiest meat upon silver plate,
    And wine that sparkles and fizzes.
  Wax candles light, make the chamber bright,
    And--as soldiers love sweet Misses,
  My moustache I curl with an extra twirl,
    The better to give you kisses,
            Kisses, aye! Kisses."

  4

  "There's cake and wine," said the lady fine,
    "There's oats for the horse, and litter.
  There's silver plate, there are servants to wait,
    And drinks, sweet, sparkling, bitter.
    Tho, bacon and pease, aye! and mouldy cheese,
  For such as you were fitter,
            Fitter aye! Fitter.

  5

  "Your distance keep, I esteem you cheap
    Tho' your wishes I've granted, partly.
  But no kisses for me from a Chimpanzee,"
    The lady responded tartly.
  "Why! a rude dragoon is a mere Baboon."
    And she boxed his ears full smartly,
            Smartly, aye! smartly.



No. 66 TRINITY SUNDAY

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  When bites the frost and winds are a blowing,
      I do not heed, I do not care;
  If Johnny's by me, what if it be snowing.
      'Tis summer time with me all the year.

  2

  The icicles they may hang on the fountain,
      And frozen over the farm yard pool.
  The bleak wind whistle across the mountain,
      No wintry blast our love can cool.

  3

  O what to me the wind and the weather?
      O what to me the wind and the rain?
  My Johnny loves me, and being together,
      Why let it bluster--it blows in vain.

  4

  I never tire, I never am weary,
      I drudge and think it is only play;
  As Johnny loves me, and I am his deary,
      Why--all the year it is holiday.

  5

  I shall be wed upon Trinity Sunday,
      And then adieu to my holiday.
  Come frost and frown the following Monday.
      Why then beginneth my workaday.

  6

  If drudge and smudge begins on the Monday,
      If scold and grumble--I do not care,
  My winter follow Trinity Sunday.
      I can't have summertime all the year.



No. 67 THE BLUE FLAME

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  All under the stars, and beneath the green tree,
  All over the sward, and along the cold lea,
            A little blue flame
            A fluttering came,
  It came from the churchyard for you or for me.

  2

  I sit by the cradle, my baby's asleep,
  And rocking the cradle, I wonder and weep.
            O little blue light,
            In the dead of the night,
  O prithee, O prithee no nearer to creep.

  3

  Why follow the church path, why steal you this way?
  Why halt in your journey, on threshold why stay?
            With flicker and flare,
            Why dance up my stair!
  O I would, O I would, it were dawning of day.

  4

  All under the stars, and along the green lane,
  Unslaked by the dew, and unquenched by the rain,
            Of little flames blue
            To the churchyard steal two,
  The soul of my baby! now from me is ta'en.



No. 68 STRAWBERRY FAIR

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  As I was going to Strawberry Fair,
      Singing, singing, Butter-cups and Daisies
  I met a maiden taking her ware,
                    Fol-de-dee!
  Her eyes were blue and golden her hair,
  As she went on to Strawberry Fair,
      Ri-fol, Ri-fol, Tol-de-riddle-li-do,
      Ri-fol, Ri-fol, Tol-de-riddle-dee.

  2

  "Kind Sir, pray pick of my basket!" she said,
      Singing, &c.
  "My cherries ripe, or my roses red,
                    Fol-de-dee!
  My strawberries sweet, I can of them spare,
  As I go on to Strawberry Fair."
      Ri-fol &c.

  3

  Your cherries soon will be wasted away,
      Singing, &c.
  Your roses wither and never stay,
                    Tol-de-dee!
  'Tis not to seek such perishing ware,
  That I am tramping to Strawberry Fair.
      Ri-fol &c.

  4

  I want to purchase a generous heart,
      Singing, &c.
  A tongue that neither is nimble nor tart.
                    Tol-de-dee!
  An honest mind, but such trifles are rare
  I doubt if they're found at Strawberry Fair.
      Ri-fol &c.

  5

  The price I offer, my sweet pretty maid
      Singing, &c.
  A ring of gold on your finger displayed,
                    Tol-de-dee!
  So come make over to me your ware,
  In church today at Strawberry Fair.
      Ri-fol &c.



No. 69 THE COUNTRY FARMER'S SON

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  I would not be a monarch great;
      With crown upon my head,
  And Earls to wait upon my state,
      In broidered robes of red.
  For he must bear full many a care,
      His toil is never done,
  'Tis better I trow behind the plough,
      A Country Farmer's Son.

  2[22]

  I would not be the Pope of Rome,
      And sit in Peter's chair;
  With priests to bow and kiss my toe,
      No wife my throne to share.
  And never know what 'tis to go,
      With beagles for a run;
  'Tis better for me at liberty
      A Country Farmer's Son.

  3

  I would not be a merchant rich,
      And eat off silver plate.
  And ever dread, when laid abed
      Some freakish turn of fate.
  One day on high, then ruin nigh,
      Now wealthy, now undone,
  'Tis better for me at ease to be
      A Country Farmer's Son.

  4

  I trudge about the farm, all day,
      To know that all things thrive.
  A maid I see that pleaseth me,
      Why then I'm fain to wive.
  Not over rich, I do not itch,
      For wealth, but what is won,
  By honest toil, from out the soil,
      A Country Farmer's Son.

[Footnote 22: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 70 THE HOSTESS' DAUGHTER

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  The Hostess of the Ring of Bells
    A daughter hath with auburn hair;
  Go where I will, o'er plain and hill,
    I do not find a maid more fair;
  She welcomes me with dimpled smiles,
    And e'en a kiss will not deny
  O! would for us the bells did ring!
    And we were wed--that maid and I!

  2

  But as I travelled down the road,
    There went by me a packer-train;
  'Twas Roger Rawle, and Sandy Paul,
    And Hunchback Joe, and Philip Mayne.
  Says Roger, I have had a kiss,
    From that sly maiden at the Bell,
  And I, said Joe, and Paul said so,
    And so did Philip Mayne as well.

  3

  Till weather-beaten as the sign
    That doth before the tavern swing,
  That maid will stay, and none essay,
    To make her his with bell and ring.
  Methinks I'll take another road,
    Where hap some modest maiden dwells,
  No saucy miss, with ready kiss,
    And then for us shall ring the Bells.



No. 71 THE JOLLY GOSS-HAWK

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  I sat on a bank in trifle and play,
    With my jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey;
  She flew to my breast, And she there built her nest,
    I am sure pretty bird you with me will stay.

  2

  She builded within, and she builded without,
    My jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey;
  She fluttered her wings, And she jingled her rings,
    So merry was she, and so fond of play.

  3

  I got me a bell, to tie to her foot,
    My jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey;
  She mounted in flight, And she flew out of sight,
    My bell and my rings she carried away.

  4

  I ran up the street, with nimblest feet,
    My jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey;
  I whooped and hallo'd, But never she shewed,
    And I lost my pretty goss-hawk that day.

  5

  In a meadow so green, the hedges between,
    My jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey;
  Upon a man's hand, She perch'd did stand,
    In sport, and trifle, and full array.

  6

  Who's got her may keep her as best he can,
    My jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey;
  To every man she is frolic and free,
    I'll cast her off if she come my way.



No. 72 THE SONG OF THE MOOR

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  'Tis merry in the Spring-time
    'Tis blithe upon the moor,
  Where every man is equal,
    For every man is poor.
  I do what I've a mind to,
    And none can say me Nay,
  I go where I'm inclin'd to,
    On all sides right of way.
                O the merry Dartamoor!
                O the merry moor!
                I would not be where I'm not free,
                As I am upon the moor.

  2

  'Tis merry in the Summer,
    When furze is out and sweet,
  The bees about it humming,
    In honey bathe their feet.
  The plover and the peewit
    How cheerily they pipe,
  And underfoot the whortle
    Is waxing blue and ripe.
                O the merry &c.

  3

  'Tis merry in the Fall-time
    When snipe and cock appear,
  And never see a keeper
    To say, No shooting here!
  The turf we stock for fuel
    And ask no better fire,
  And never pay a farthing,
    For all that we require.
                O the merry &c.

  4

  'Tis merry in the Winter
    The wind is on the moor,
  For twenty miles to leeward
    The people hear the roar.
  'Tis merry in the ingle
    Beside a Moorland lass,
  When watching turves a-glowing,
    The brimming bumpers pass.
                O the merry &c.



No. 73 ON A MAY MORNING SO EARLY

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  As I walked out one May morning,
    One May morning so early;
  I there espied a fair pretty maid,
    All on the dew so pearly.
      O! 'twas sweet, sweet spring,
        Merry birds did sing,
          All in the morning early.

  2

  Stay, fair one, stay! Thus did I say,
    On a May morning so early;
  My tale of love, your heart will move,
    All on the dew so pearly.
      O! 'tis sweet, sweet spring,
        Merry birds do sing,
          All in the morning early.

  3

  No tales for me, Kind sir, said she
    On a May morning so early;
  My swain is true, I don't want two
    All on the dew so pearly.
      O! 'twas sweet, sweet spring,
        Merry birds did sing,
          All in the morning early.

  4

  With lightsome tread, away she sped,
    This May morning so early;
  To meet her lad, and left me sad,
    All on the dew so pearly.
      O! 'twas sweet, sweet spring,
        Merry birds did sing,
          All in the morning early.



No. 74 THE SPOTTED COW

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  One morning so gay, in the glad month of May,
    When I from my cottage strayed;
  As broke the ray of awakening day,
    I met a pretty maid.
  A neat little lass on the twinkling grass,
    To see, my foot I stayed.

  2

  "My fair pretty maid, why wander?" I said,
    "So early, tell me now?"
  The maid replied, "Pretty Sir!" and sighed,
    "I've lost my Spotted Cow.
  She's stolen," she said, many tears she shed,
    "Or lost, I can't tell how."

  3

  "No further complain in dolorous strain,
    I've tidings will you cheer.
  I know she's strayed, in yonder green glade,
    Come, love! I'll shew you where.
  So dry up your tears and banish fears,
    And bid begone despair."

  4

  "I truly confess in my bitter distress,
    You are most good," said she.
  "With help so kind, I am certain to find
    My cow, so I'll with thee.
  Four eyes, it is true, are better than two,
    And friend, four eyes have we."

  5

  Through meadow and grove, we together did rove,
    We crossed the flow'ry dale,
  Both morn and noon, we strayed till the moon
    Above our heads did sail.
  The old Spotted Cow, clean forgotten was now,
    For love was all our tale.

  6

  Now never a day, do I go my way,
    To handle flail or plough.
  She comes again, and whispers, "Sweet swain,
    I've lost my Spotted Cow."
  I pretend not to hear, she shouts, "My dear,
    I've lost my Spotted Cow."



No. 75 THREE JOVIAL WELSHMEN

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  There were three jovial Welshmen
    They would go hunt the fox.
  They swore they saw old Reynard
    Run over yonder rocks;
            With a whoop, whoop, whoop and a hel-lo,
            And a blast of my bugle horn;
            With my twank, twank, twank and my twank-i-diddle O,
            And thro' the woods we'll ride, brave boys,
            And thro' the woods we'll ride.
            With my bugle, bugle, bugle,
            And a blast of my bugle horn;
            With my fal-lal-lal and my fal-de-riddle O,
            And thro' the woods we'll ride, brave boys,
            And thro' the woods we'll ride.

  2

  The first they espied was a woman,
    A combing up her locks.
  She swore she saw old Reynard
    Among the geese and ducks.
            With a &c.

  3

  The second he was a Parson,
    And he was dressed in black,
  He swore he saw old Reynard
    Hang on a huntsman's back.
            With a &c.

  4

  The third he was a Miller
    Was grinding at his mill,
  He swore he saw old Reynard
    Run over yonder hill.
            With a &c.

  5

  The fourth he was a blind man,
    As blind as blind could be,
  He swore he saw old Reynard
    Run up a hollow tree.
            With a &c.

  6

  There never was a Reynard
    Run out that day at all,
  'Twas naught but one grey pussy
    Sat purring on a wall.
            With a &c.

  7

  O what a world of liars
    This is, as well appears.
  Henceforth I'll trust my own eyes,
    And none but mine own ears.
            With a &c.



No. 76 WELL MET! WELL MET

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Well met, well met, my own true love!
    Long time am I seeking of thee.
  I am lately come from the salt, salt wave,
    And all for the sake, sweet love, of thee.

  2

  I might have had a king's daughter,
    She fain would have married me,
  But I did not hold for her crown of gold,
    And all for the sake, sweet love, of thee.

  3

  I have seven ships that sail on the sea,
    It was one brought me to the land;
  I have mariners many to wait on thee
    To be all, sweet love, at thy command.

  4

  A pair of slippers, love, thou shalt have,
    They are made of the beaten gold,
  They are lined within with a coney's skin,
    To keep thy feet, sweet love, from cold.

  5

  A gilded boat thou too shalt have,
    And the oars be gilded also,
  And the mariners they shall pipe and sing
    As through the salt waves, sweet love, we go.

  6

  A way of gold lies over the sea
    Where the sun doth set in the west.
  And along that way thou shalt sail with me,
    To the land of lands, sweet love, that's best.



No. 77 POOR OLD HORSE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  O once I lay in stable, a hunter, well and warm,
  I had the best of shelter, from cold and rain and harm;
  But now in open meadow, a hedge I'm glad to find,
  To shield my sides from tempest, from driving sleet and wind.
            Poor old horse, let him die!

  2

  My shoulders once were sturdy, were glossy, smooth and round,
  But now, alas! they're rotten, I'm not accounted sound.
  As I have grown so aged, my teeth gone to decay,
  My master frowns upon me; I often hear him say,
            Poor old horse, let him die!

  3[23]

  A groom upon me waited, on straw I snugly lay,
  When fields were full of flowers, the air was sweet with hay;
  But now there's no good feeding prepared for me at all,
  I'm forced to munch the nettles upon the kennel wall.
            Poor old horse, let him die!

  4

  My shoes and skin, the huntsman, that covets them shall have,
  My flesh and bones the hounds, Sir! I very freely give,
  I've followed them full often, aye! many a score of miles,
  O'er hedges, walls and ditches, nor blinked at gates and stiles.
            Poor old horse, let him die!

  5

  Ye gentlemen of England, ye sportsmen good and bold,
  All you that love a hunter, remember him when old,
  O put him in your stable, and make the old boy warm,
  And visit him and pat him, and keep him out of harm,
            Poor old horse, till he die!

[Footnote 23: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 78 THE DILLY SONG

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Come, and I will sing you.
          What will you sing me?
  I will sing you One, O!
          What is your One, O?
  One of them is all alone, and ever will remain so.

  2

  Come, and I will sing you.
          What will you sing me?
  I will sing you Two, O!
          What is your Two, O?
  Two of them are lily-white babes, and dress'd all in green, O.

  3

  Come, &c.
  I will sing you Three, O!
          What is your Three, O?
  Three of them are strangers, o'er the wide world they are rangers.

  4

  Come, &c.
  I will sing you Four, O!
          What is your Four, O?
  Four it is the Dilly Hour, when blooms the gilly flower.

  5

  Come, &c.
  I will sing you Five, O!
          What is your Five, O?
  Five it is the Dilly Bird, that's never seen, but heard, O!

  6

  Come, &c.
  I will sing you Six, O!
          What is your Six, O?
  Six the Ferryman in the Boat, that doth on the river float, O!

  7

  Come, &c.
  I will sing you Seven, O!
          What is your Seven, O?
  Seven it is the crown of Heaven, the shining stars be seven, O!

  8

  Come, &c.
  I will sing you Eight, O!
          What is your Eight, O?
  Eight it is the morning break, when all the world's awake, O!

  9

  Come, &c.
  I will sing you Nine, O!
          What is your Nine, O?
  Nine it is the pale moonshine, the pale moonlight is nine, O!

  10

  Come, &c.
  I will sing you Ten, O!
          What is your Ten, O?
  Ten forbids all kind of sin, from ten again begin, O!



No. 79 A COUNTRY DANCE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  When lambkins skip, and apples are growing,
    Grass is green, and roses ablow,
  When pigeons coo, and cattle are lowing,
    Mist lies white in valleys below,
  Why should we be all the day toiling?
    Lads and lasses, along with me!
  Done with drudgery, dust and moiling
    Haste away to the green-wood tree.

  2

  The cows are milked, the team's in the stable,
    Work is over, and play begun,
  Ye farmer lads all lusty and able,
    Ere the moon rises, we'll have our fun,
  Why should we, &c.

  3[24]

  The glow-worm lights, as day is afailing,
    Dew is falling over the field,
  The meadow-sweet its scent is exhaling,
    Honeysuckles their fragrance yield.
  Why should we, &c.

  4

  There's Jack o'lantern lustily dancing
    In the marsh with flickering flame,
  And Daddy-long-legs, spinning and prancing,
    Moth and midge are doing the same,
  Why should we, &c.

  5

  So Bet and Prue, and Dolly and Celie,
    With milking pail 'tis time to have done.
  And Ralph and Phil, and Robin and Willie,
    The threshing flail must sleep with the sun.
  Why should we, &c.

  6

  Upon the green beginneth our pleasure,
    Whilst we dance we merrily sing.
  A country dance, a jig, and a measure,
    Hand in hand we go in a ring.
  Why should we, &c.

  7

  O sweet it is to foot on the clover,
    Ended work and revel begun.
  Aloft the planets never give over,
    Dancing, circling round of the sun.
  Why should we, &c.

  8

  So Ralph and Phil, and Robin and Willie,
    Take your partners each of you now.
  And Bet and Prue, and Dolly and Celie,
    Make a curtsey; lads! make a bow.
  Why should we, &c.

[Footnote 24: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 80 CONSTANT JOHNNY

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Charming Molly, I do love thee,
  There's none other I adore;
  Pierced by your beauteous eyes,
  My heart transfixed lies,
  Say, dearest Molly, you'll be mine for evermore.

  2

  Constant Johnny, I reject thee,
  I thy fruitless suit deplore,
  Your love I do decline,
  I will be no love of thine
  No, Johnny, Constant Johnny, ne'er I'll see thee more.

  3

  Canst thou see young Johnny bleeding
  Down in Cupid's rosy bower,
  See his transfixed heart,
  Full of grief and full of smart,
  Say, dearest Molly, thou'lt be mine for evermore.

  4

  Now the lovers are united,
  Fast in wedlock's chains secure,
  Happy as the livelong day,
  Often she to him doth say,
  O! Johnny, dearest Johnny, now we part no more.



No. 81 THE DUKE'S HUNT

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  All in a morning very fair
  As I rode out to take the air
        I heard some to halloo clearly.
  There rode the Duke of Buckingham,
  And many a squire and yeoman came,
        Dull sleep they had banished so early.
                There was Dido, Spendigo
                Gentry too, and Hero,
                  And Traveller that never looks behind him
                Countess and Towler,
                Bonny-lass and Jowler,
                  Were some of the hounds that did find him.

  2

  Old Jack he courses o'er the plain,
  Unwearied tries it back again,
        His horse and his hounds fail never.
  Our hearty huntsman he will say,
  For ever and for e'er a day,
        Hark! Forward! gallant hounds together.
                There was Dido, &c.

  3

  The fox we followed, being young,
  Our sport today is scarce begun,
        Ere out of the cover breaking,
  Away he runs o'er hill and dale,
  Away we followed without fail.
        Hark! Forward! sleeping echoes awaking!
                There was Dido, &c.

  4

  Shy Reynard being well nigh spent,
  His way he to the water bent,
        And speedily crossed the river.
  To save his life he sought to swim,
  But Dido sharp went after him,
        Heigh! Traveller destroyed his life for ever.
                There was Dido, &c.

  5

  So, whoo-too-hoo! we did proclaim
  God bless the Duke of Buckingham,
        Our hounds they have gained great glory.
  This maketh now the twentieth fox,
  We've killed in river, dale and rocks,
        So here's an end to my story.
                There was Dido, &c.



No. 82 THE BELL RINGING

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  One day in October,
  Neither drunken nor sober,
    O'er Broadbury Down I was wending my way.
  When I heard of some ringing,
  Some dancing and singing,
    I ought to remember that Jubilee Day.
              _Refrain_
        'Twas in Ashwater Town,
        The bells they did soun'
          They rang for a belt and a hat laced with gold.
        But the men of North Lew
        Rang so steady and true,
          That never were better in Devon, I hold.

  2

  'Twas misunderstood,
  For the men of Broadwood,
    Gave a blow on the tenor should never have been.
  But the men of North Lew,
  Rang so faultlessly true,
    A difficult matter to beat them I ween.
        'Twas in Ashwater Town &c.

  3

  They of Broadwood being naughty
  Then said to our party,
    We'll ring you a challenge again in a round,
  We'll give you the chance,
  At St. Stephen's or Launce-
  -ston the prize to the winner's a note of five pound.
        'Twas in Callington Town
        The bells next did soun'
          They rang, &c.

  4

  When the match it came on,
  At good Callington,
    The bells they rang out o'er the valleys below.
  Then old and young people,
  The hale and the feeble,
    They came out to hear the sweet bell music flow.
        'Twas at Callington town
        The bells then did soun'
          They rang, &c.

  5

  Those of Broadwood once more,
  Were obliged to give o'er,
    They were beaten completely and done in a round.
  For the men of North Lew
  Pull so steady and true,
    That no better then they in the West can be found.
        'Twas at Ashwater town
        Then at Callington town
          They rang, &c.



No. 83 A NUTTING WE WILL GO

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  'Tis of a jolly ploughing-man,
    Was ploughing of his land,
  He called, Ho! he called, Wo!
    And bade his horses stand.
  Upon his plough he sat, I trow,
    And loud began to sing,
  His voice rang out, so clear and stout,
    It made the horse bells ring.
      For a nutting we will go, my boys,
        A nutting we will go,
      From hazel bush, loud sings the thrush,
        A nutting we will go!

  2

  A maiden sly was passing by
    With basket on her arm,
  She stood to hear his singing clear,
    To listen was no harm.
  The ploughboy stayed that pretty maid,
    And clasped her middle small,
  He kissed her twice, he kissed her thrice
    Ere she could cry or call.
      For a nutting &c.

  3

  Now all you pretty maidens that
    Go nutting o'er the grass
  Attend my rede, and give good heed,
    Of ploughboys that you pass.
  When lions roar, on Afric's shore,
    No mortal ventures near,
  When hoots the owl, and bears do growl,
    The heart is full of fear.
      For a nutting &c.

  4

  And yet, 'tis said, to pretty maid,
    There is a graver thing,
  In any clime, at any time,--
    A ploughboy that doth sing.
  So all you maidens, young and fair
    Take lesson from my lay,
  When you do hear a ploughman sing,
    Then lightly run away.
      For a nutting &c.



No. 84 DOWN BY A RIVER SIDE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Down by a River-side,
  A fair maid I espied,
  Lamenting for her own true love;
  Lamenting, crying, sighing, dying;
  Dying for her own true love.

[Music]

  2

  Did you not promise me,
  That I your wife should be?
  Yet I deserted here must mourn;
  I who believed, now bereaved, grieved;
  I who believed, now bereaved, tarry here in tears forlorn.

  3

  Dry up your briny tears,
  And banish all your fears,
  For faithful I to you will prove;
  So now she's singing, clinging, Church Bells ringing,
  So now she's singing, Church bells ringing, married to her own true love.



No. 85 THE BARLEY RAKING

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  'Twas in the prime of summer time,
    When hay it was a making;
  And harvest tide was coming on,
    And barley wanted raking;
  Two woeful lovers met one day,
  With sighs their sad farewell to say,
  For John to place must go away,
    And Betty's heart was breaking.
      Lovers oft have proved untrue;
      'las! what can poor maidens do?

  2

  But hardly was her sweet-heart gone,
    With vows of ne'er forsaking;
  The foolish wench did so take on,
    To ease her bosom's aching--
  She sent a letter to her love,
  Invoking all the powers above,
  If he should e'er inconstant prove,
    To her and the Barley raking.
      Lovers oft have proved untrue;
      'las! what can poor maidens do?

  3

  Now when this letter reached the youth,
    It put him in a taking;
  Sure of each other's love and truth,
    Why such a fuss be making?
  But being a tender hearted swain,
  From hasty words he did refrain,
  And wrote to her in gentle strain,
    To bid her cease from quaking.
      Lovers oft have proved untrue;
      'las! what can poor maidens do?

  4

  "I've got as good a pair of shoes
    As e'er were made of leather;
  I'll pull my beaver o'er my nose,
    And face all wind and weather;
  And when the year has run its race,
  I'll seek a new and nearer place;
  And hope to see your bonnie face
    At time of the Barley raking."
      Lovers oft have proved untrue;
      'las! what can poor maidens do?

  5

  So when the year was past and gone,
    And hay once more was making;
  Back to his love came faithful John,
    To find a rude awaking:
  For Betty thought it long to wait,
  So she had ta'en another mate,
  And left her first love to his fate,
    In spite of the Barley raking.
      Damsels oft have proved untrue;
      'las! what can poor lovers do?



No. 86 A SHIP CAME SAILING

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  A ship came sailing over the sea
  As deeply laden as she could be;
  My sorrows fill me to the brim,
  I care not if I sink or swim.

  2[25]

  Ten thousand ladies in the room,
  But my true love's the fairest bloom,
  Of stars she is my brightest sun,
  I said I would have her or none.

  3

  I leaned my back against an oak,
  But first it bent and then it broke,
  Untrusty as I found that tree,
  So did my love prove false to me.

  4

  Down in a mead the other day,
  As carelessly I went my way,
  And plucked flowers red and blue,
  I little thought what love could do.

  5

  I saw a Rose with ruddy blush,
  And thrust my hand into the bush,
  I pricked my fingers to the bone,
  I would I'd left that rose alone!

  6

  I wish! I wish! but 'tis in vain,
  I wish I had my heart again!
  With silver chain and diamond locks,
  I'd fasten it in a golden box.

[Footnote 25: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 87 THE RAMBLING SAILOR

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  I toss my cap up into the air,
    And away whil'st all are sleeping,
  The host may swear, and the hostess stare,
    And the pretty maids be weeping:
  There is never a place that I do grace,
    Which a second time shall see my face;
  For I travel the world from place to place,
    And still am a Rambling Sailor.

  2

  O when I come to London town,
    Or enter any city,
  I settle down at the Bell or Crown,
    And court each lass that's pretty.
  And I say, "My dear, be of good cheer,
    I'll never depart, you need not fear!"
  But I traveled the country far and near
    And still am a Rambling Sailor.

  3

  And if that you would know my name,
    I've any that you fancy,
  'Tis never the same, as I change my flame,
    From Bet, to Joan, or Nancy.
  I court maids all, marry none at all,
    My heart is round, and rolls as a ball,
  And I travel the land from Spring to Fall,
    And still am a Rambling Sailor.



No. 88 WILLY COOMBE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  'Twas in the month of May, when flowers spring,
  When pretty lambkins play, and thrushes sing.
  When young men do resort
  To walk about in sport
      Not thinking any harm, at Crantock games.

  2

  Crantock and Newlyn men, all in one room,
  The first mark that was made, it proved my doom.
  My name is Willy Coombe,
  Just twenty, in my bloom;
      Just twenty in my bloom when I was shot.

  3

  'Twas by a musket ball so swift did fly
  Which pierced my body through, so I must die.
  My brother swift did ride;
  To Truro Town he hied.
      Alas! alack-a-day, my cruel lot!

  4

  The surgeon said 'twas o'er, none could me cure,
  Bleeding all night, great pains I did endure.
  Coroner and jury true
  My body well did view.
      And from this wound I die at Crantock games.

  5

  Father, your son is dead, your sorrow bear
  Mother, don't break your heart, O mother dear!
  Sister, don't cry nor grieve,
  It will not you relieve
      No warning was I giv'n when I was shot.



No. 89 MIDSUMMER CAROL

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  'Twas early I walked on a midsummer morning,
    The fields and the meadows were deckèd and gay,
  The small birds were singing, the woodlands a-ringing,
    'Twas early in the morning, at breaking of day,
  I will play on my pipes, I will sing thee my lay!
  It is early in the morning, at breaking of day.

  2

  O hark! and O hark! to the nightingales wooing,
    The lark is aloft piping shrill in the air.
  In every green bower the turtle-doves cooing,
    The sun is just gleaming, arise up my fair!
  Arise, love, arise! none fairer I spie!
  Arise, love, arise! O why should I die?

  3

  Arise, love, arise! go and get your love posies,
    The fairest of flowers in garden that grows,
  Go gather me lilies, carnations and roses,
    I'll wear them with thoughts of the maiden I chose.
  I stand at thy door, pretty love, full of care,
  O why should I languish so long in despair?

  4[26]

  O why love, O why, should I banished be from thee?
    O why should I see my own chosen no more?
  O why look your parents so slightingly on me?
    It is all for the rough ragged garments I wore,
  But dress me with flowers, I'm gay as a king,
  I'm glad as a bird, when my carol I sing.

  5

  Arise, love, arise! in song and in story,
    To rival thy beauty was never a may,
  I will play thee a tune on my pipes of ivory,
    It is early in the morning, at breaking of day,
  I will play on my pipes, I will sing thee my lay!
  It is early in the morning, at breaking of day.

[Footnote 26: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 90 THE BLACKBIRD IN THE BUSH

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  Three fair maidens a milking did go,
  Three maidens a milking did go,
        And the wind it did blow high,
        And the wind it did blow low,
  And it tossed their pails to and fro.

  2

  Then they met with a man they did know,
  O they met with a man they did know,
        And they said, Have you the skill,
        And they said, Have you the will,
  For to catch us a small bird or two?

  3

  Here's a health to the blackbird in the bush,
  Likewise to the merry wood-do'e (dove).
        If you'll go along with me
        Unto yonder flow'ring tree,
  I will catch you a small bird or two.

  4

  So they went till they stayèd at a bush,
  So they went till they stayèd at two.
        And the birds they flew about,
        Pretty birds flew in and out
  And he caught them by one and by two.

  5

  So my boys we will drink down the sun,
  So my boys we will drink down the moon!
        For we birds are of one feather,
        And we surely flock together,
  Let the people say little or none.



No. 91 THE GREEN BED

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  Young Sailor Dick, as he stepped on shore,
    To his quarters of old return'd,
  The hostess glad, cries "Dick my lad!
    What prize money have you earn'd?"
  "Poor luck! poor luck! yet Molly, my duck,
    Your daughter I've come to see:
  Get ready some supper, with pipes and grog,
    And the best Green Bed for me."

  2

  "My daughter, she's gone out for a walk;
    My beds are all bespoken;
  My larder's bare, like the rum-keg there,
    And my baccy pipes all are broken."
  Says Dick, "I'll steer for another berth,
    I fear I have made too bold:
  But I'll pay for the beer that I've just drunk here,"
    And he pulled out a hand-ful of gold.

  3

  "Come down Molly, quick! here's your sweetheart Dick
    Has just come back from sea:
  He wants his supper, his grog and a bed,
    The best Green Bed it must be."
  "No bed," cries Dick, "no supper, no grog,
    No sweetheart for me I swear!
  You shewed me the door when you thought me poor,
    So I'll carry my gold elsewhere."



No. 92 THE LOYAL LOVER

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  I'll weave my love a garland,
    It shall be dressed so fine;
  I'll set it round with roses,
    With lilies, pinks and thyme.
  And I'll present it to my love
    When he comes back from sea,
  For I love my love, and I love my love,
    Because my love loves me.
        Blow summer breeze, o'er the sea
        Bring my pretty love to me.

  2

  I wish I were an arrow,
    That sped into the air;
  To seek him as a sparrow,
    And if he was not there,
  Then quickly I'd become a fish
    To search the raging sea;
  For I love my love, and I love my love,
    Because my love loves me.
        Blow &c.

  3

  I would I were a reaper,
    I'd seek him in the corn;
  I would I were a keeper,
    I'd hunt him with my horn.
  I'd blow a blast, when found at last,
    Beneath the green-wood tree,
  For I love my love, and I love my love,
    Because my love loves me.
        Blow &c.



No. 93 THE STREAMS OF NANTSIAN

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  O the Streams of Nant-si-an
    In two parts divide,
  Where the young men in dancing
    Meet sweetheart and bride.
  They will take no denial,
    We must frolic and sing.
  And the sound of the viol
    O it makes my heart ring.

  2

  On the rocky cliff yonder
    A castle up-stands;
  To the seamen a wonder
    Above the black sands.
  'Tis of ivory builded
    With diamonds glazed bright,
  And with gold it is gilded,
    To shine in the night.

  3

  Over yonder high mountain
    The wild fowl do fly;
  And in ocean's deep fountain,
    The fairest pearls lie.
  On eagle's wings soaring,
    I'll speed as the wind;
  Ocean's fountain exploring,
    My true love I'll find.

  4

  O the streams of Nant-si-an
    Divide in two parts,
  And rejoin as in dancing
    Do lads their sweethearts.
  So the streams, bright and shining
    Tho' parted in twain,
  Re-unite, intertwining,
    One thenceforth remain.



No. 94 THE DRUNKEN MAIDENS

F.W.B.

[Music]


  1

  There were three drunken maidens,
    Came from the Isle of Wight.
  They drank from Monday morning,
    Nor stayed till Saturday night.
  When Saturday night did come, Sirs!
    They would not then go out;
  Not the three drunken maidens,
    As they pushed the jug about.

  2

  Then came in Bouncing Sally,
    With cheeks as red as bloom.
  "Make space, my jolly sisters,
    Now make for Sally room.
  For that I will be your equal,
    Before that I go out."
  So now four drunken maidens,
    They pushed the jug about.

  3

  It was woodcock and pheasant,
    And partridges and hare,
  It was all kinds of dainties,
    No scarcity was there.
  It was four quarts of Malaga,
    Each fairly did drink out,
  So the four drunken maidens,
    They pushed the jug about.

  4

  Then down came the landlord,
    And asked for his pay.
  O! a forty-pound bill, Sirs!
    The damsels drew that day.
  It was ten pounds apiece, Sirs!
    But yet, they would not out.
  So the four drunken maidens,
    They pushed the jug about.

  5

  "O where be your spencers?
    Your mantles rich and fine?"
  "They all be a swallowed
    In tankards of good wine."
  "O where be your characters
    Ye maidens brisk and gay?"
  "O they be a swallowed!
    We've drunk them clean away."



No. 95 TOBACCO IS AN INDIAN WEED

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Tobacco is an Indian weed,
  Grows green at morn, is cut down at eve;
      It shows our decay;
      We fade as hay.
      Think on this,--when you smoke tobacco.

  2

  The pipe that is so lily-white,
  Wherein so many take delight,
      Gone with a touch;
      Man's life is such,
      Think on this,--when you smoke tobacco.

  3

  The pipe that is so foul within,
  Shews how the soul is stained with sin;
      It doth require
      The purging fire.
      Think on this,--when you smoke tobacco.

  4

  The ashes that are left behind,
  Do serve to put us all in mind,
      That unto dust,
      Return we must.
      Think on this,--when you smoke tobacco.

  5

  The smoke that doth so high ascend,
  Shows that our life must have an end;
      The vapours' gone,
      Man's life is done.
      Think on this,--when you smoke tobacco.



No. 96 FAIR SUSAN

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Fair Susan slumbered in shady bower,
    Safe hid, she thought, from every eye;
  Nor dreamed she in that tranquil hour
    Her own true love was passing by.

  2

  He gazed in rapture upon her beauty,
    Sleep did her charms but more reveal;
  He deemed it sure a lover's duty
    From those sweet lips a kiss to steal.

  3

  In shame and anger poor Susan started,
    With eyes aflame she bade him go;
  "Return no more!--for ever parted;
    Cruel and base to use me so!"

  4

  "By too much love I have offended,
    Forgive me if I cause you pain;
  But if indeed our love be ended,
    Pray give me back my kiss again."



No. 97 THE FALSE BRIDE

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  I courted a maiden both buxom and gay,
  Unheeding what people against her did say,
  I thought her as constant and true as the day.
        But now she is going to be married.

  2

  O when to the church I my fair love saw go,
  I followed her up with a heart full of woe,
  And eyes that with tears of grief did o'erflow,
        To see how my suit had miscarried.

  3

  O when in the chancel I saw my love stan',
  With ring on her finger, and true love in han',
  I thought that for certain 'twas not the right man,
        Although 'twas the man she was taking.

  4

  O when I my fair love saw sit in her seat
  I sat myself by her, but nothing could eat;
  Her company, thought I, was better than meat,
        Although my heart sorely was aching.

  5

  O woe be the day that I courted the maid,
  That ever I trusted a word that she said,
  That with her I wander'd along the green glade,
        Accurs'd be the day that I met her.

  6

  O make me a grave that is long, wide and deep,
  And cover me over with flowers so sweet,
  That there I may lie, and may take my last sleep;
        For that is the way to forget her.



No. 98 THE BARLEY STRAW

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  As Jan was hurrying down the glade,
    He met his sweetheart Kit;
  "O whither so fast?" the maiden ask'd,
    "Let's bide and talk a bit."
  "I'm going to the barn, and if you'll come,
    And help me thresh the stro',
  That task complete, why then my sweet,
    A ramble we will go."

  2

  She gave consent, to work they went,
    As if 'twere only play;
  The flail he plied, whilst Kit untied,
    The sheaves, and cleared away.
  O willing hands made labour light,
    And 'ere the sun was low,
  With arms entwined, these lovers kind,
    Did down the vallies go.

  3

  Said Jan, "Thou art a helpful lass,
    Wilt thou be mine for life?"
  "For sure!" she said. To church they sped,
    And soon were man and wife.
  A lesson then, for all young men
    Who would a courting go,
  Your sweetheart ask to share your task,
    And thresh the Barley Stro'.

  4

  Now many a year, this couple dear,
    They lived in harmony;
  And children had, both lass and lad,
    I think 'twas thirty-three.
  The sons so hale did wield the flail,
    And like their father grow;
  The maidens sweet, like mother were neat:
    And clean as the Barley Stro'.



No. 99 DEATH AND THE LADY

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  As I walked out one day, one day,
  All in the merry month of May,
  When lambs did skip and thrushes sing,
  And ev'ry bush with buds did spring.

  2

  I met an old man by the way,
  His head was bald, his beard was grey,
  His coat was of the Myrtle-green,
  But underneath his ribs were seen.

  3

  He in his hand a glass did hold,
  He shook as one that shakes with cold.
  I asked of him what was his name,
  And what strange place from which he came.

  4

  "My name is Death, fair maiden, see
  Lords, Dukes and Squires bow down to me;
  For of the Branchy Tree[27] am I
  And you, fair maid, with me must hie."

  5

  "I'll give you gold, if me you'll spare,
  I'll give you costly robes to wear!"
  "O no, sweet maid, make no delay
  Your sand is run, you must away!"

  6

  Alas! alack! the fair maid died,
  And these the last sad words she cried:
  "Here lies a poor, distressed maid,
  By Death--and Death alone betrayed."

[Footnote 27: What is meant by the "Branchy Tree" I do not know, but
so the words run in all versions.]



No. 100 BOTH SEXES GIVE EAR

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  Both sexes give ear to my fancy,
    In praise of sweet woman I sing,
  Confined not to Doll, Sue, or Nancy,
    The mate of the beggar or king.
  When Adam was first a-created,
    And lord of the universe crown'd,
  His happiness was not completed,
    Until that a helpmate was found.

  2

  A garden was planted by Nature,
    Man could not produce in his life,
  But no rest had he till his Creator
    Discovered he wanted a wife.
  He had horses and foxes for hunting
    Which most men love dearly as life,
  No relishsome food was a wanting
    But still--he was short of a wife.

  3

  As Adam was resting in slumber,
    He lost a small rib from his side,
  And when he awoke--'twas in wonder,
    To see a most beautiful bride.
  In transport he gazèd upon her,
    His happiness now was complete.
  He praisèd the bountiful Donor,
    Who to him had given a mate.

  4

  She was not taken out of his head, sir,
    To rule and to triumph in man.
  Nor was she took out of his foot, sir,
    By him to be trampled upon.
  But she was took out of his side, sir,
    His equal co-partner to be;
  So, united is man with his bride, sir,
    Yet man is the top of the tree.

  5

  Then let not the fair be despisèd
    By man, as she's part of himself.
  Let woman by man be a-prizèd
    As more than the world full of wealth.
  A man without woman's a beggar,
    Tho' by him the world were possess'd
  But a beggar that's got a good woman
    With more than the world is he bless'd.



No. 101 I RODE MY LITTLE HORSE

F.W.B.

[Music]


  1

  I rode my little horse, from London town I came,
  I rode into the country, to seek myself a dame,
  And if I meet a pretty maid, be sure I'll kiss her then;
  And swear that I will marry her--but will not tell her _when_!

  2

  I found a buxom widow, with many tons of gold,
  I lived upon her fortune, as long as it would hold.
  Of pounds I took five hundred, bestrode my horse, and then,
  I promised I would marry her--but never told her _when_!

  3

  A vintner had a daughter, the Golden Sun his sign,
  I tarried at his tavern, I drank his choicest wine;
  I drank out all his cellar, bestrode my horse, and then,
  I said the maid I'd marry,--but never told him _when_!

  4

  The guineas are expended, the wine is also spent;
  The widow and the maiden, they languish and lament.
  And if they come to seek me, I'll pack them back again,
  With promises of marriage,--but never tell them _when_.

  5

  My little horse I mounted, the world that I might see,
  I found a pretty maiden--as poor as poor could be.
  My little horse neglected, to London ran away,
  I asked if she would marry, and bade her name the day.



No. 102 AMONG THE NEW-MOWN HAY

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  As I walked out one morn betime,
    To view the fields in May, Sir,
  There I espied a fair sweet maid,
    Among the new-mown hay, Sir.
        Among the new-mown hay.

  2

  I said: 'Good morning, pretty maid,
    How come you here so soon, say?'
  'To keep my father's sheep,' she said,
    'A thing that must be done, aye!
        Among the new-mown hay.

  3

  'While they be feeding mid the dew,
    To pass the time away, Sir!
  I sit me down to knit and sew,
    Among the new-mown hay, Sir!
        Among the new-mown hay.'

  4

  I ask'd if she would wed with me,
    All on that sunny day, Sir!
  The answer that she gave to me
    Was surely not a nay, Sir!
        Among the new-mown hay.

  5

  Then to the church we sped with speed
    And Hymen join'd our hands, Sir!
  No more the ewes and lambs she'll feed
    Since she did make her answer,
        Among the new-mown hay.

  6

  A lord I be, a lady she,
    To town we sped straightway, Sir!
  To bless the day, we both agree,
    We met among the hay, Sir!
        Among the new-mown hay.



No. 103 I'LL BUILD MYSELF A GALLANT SHIP

(Solo or Quartette)

F.W.B.

[Music]


  1

  I'll build myself a gallant ship,
      A ship of noble fame;
  And four and twenty mariners,
      Shall box and man the same;
  And I will stand, with helm in hand,
      To urge them o'er the main.

  2

  No scarf shall o'er my shoulders go,
      I will not comb my hair;
  The pale moonlight, the candle bright
      Shall neither tell I'm fair.
  Beside the mast I stand so fast,
      Unresting in despair.

  3

  The rain may beat, and round my feet
      The waters wash and foam,
  O thou North wind lag not behind
      But bear me far from home!
  My hands I wring, and sobbing sing,
      As over seas I roam.

  4

  The moon so pale shall light my sail,
      As o'er the sea I fly,
  To where afar the Eastern star
      Is twinkling in the sky.
  I would I were with my love fair,
      Ere ever my love die!



No. 104 COLLY, MY COW

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  A story, a story, I'll tell you just now,
  It's all about killing of Colly, my cow.
  Ah! my pretty Colly, poor Colly, my cow!
  Poor Colly will give no more milk to me now.
            And that is the way my fortune doth go!

  2

  Says little Tom Dicker, Pray what do you mean,
  By killing your Colly when she was so lean?
  Ah! my pretty Colly, &c.

  3

  Then cometh the Tripeman so trim and so neat,
  He bids me three ha'pence for belly and feet;
  Ah! my pretty Colly, &c.

  4

  Then cometh the Tanner with sword at his side,
  He bids me three shillings for Colly, her hide;
  Ah! my pretty Colly, &c.

  5

  Then cometh the Horner who roguery scorns,
  He bids me three ha'pence for Colly, her horns;
  Ah! my pretty Colly, &c.

  6

  The skin of my Colly was softer than silk,
  And three times a day did my Colly give milk;
  Ah! my pretty Colly, &c.

  7

  Here's an end to my Colly, she's gone past recall,
  I have sold my poor Colly, hide, horns, feet and all.
  Ah! my pretty Colly, &c.

  8

  Three shillings and three pence are all for my pains,
  I've lost my poor Colly, my milk and my gains.
  Ah! my pretty Colly, &c.



No. 105 WITHIN A GARDEN

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  Within a garden a maiden lingered,
      When soft the shades of evening fell,
      Expecting, fearing,
      A footstep hearing,
      Her love appearing,
              To say farewell.

  2

  With sighs and sorrow their vows they plighted
      One more embrace, one last adieu;
      Tho' seas divide, love,
      In this confide, love,
      Whate'er betide, love,
              To thee I'm true.

  3

  Long years are over, and still the maiden
      Seeks oft at eve the trysting tree;
      Her promise keeping,
      And, faithful, weeping,
      Her lost love sleeping
              Across the sea.



No. 106 THE BONNY BIRD

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  I once lov'd a bird, and a bonny bird,
      And I thought to make him my own;
  But he loves a she far better than me,
      And has taken his flight and is flown.

  2

  I once lov'd a bird, and a bonny bird,
      O I lovèd I vow and protest.
  I lovèd him well, and O! so very well
      I built him a nest in my breast.

  3

  O since he is gone, I will let him alone,
      Although that I ache and I burn.
  If he loves a she far better than me,
      Then I hope he will not return.

  4

  I lookèd to East and I lookèd to West
      The weather was hot and was calm.
  And then I did spy my own bonny bird
      Was perch'd on another maid's arm.

  5

  Then up the green valley and down the green grove,
      As one distracted in mind,
  With whoop and halloo, in sorrow I rove
      No other such bird will I find.

  6

  Now if she have gotten my bonny bird,
      I never shall get him again.
  But though I have lost him for ever a day,
      I'll think of him still in my pain.



No. 107 THE LADY AND PRENTICE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  'Twas of a brisk young lady
    And of a 'prentice boy.
  They courted one another,
    And he was all her joy;
  The 'prentice boy was banish'd
    Unto a foreign shore,
  And sad at heart he fancied
    He'd never see her more.

  2

  There came that way a squire
    A man of high degree,
  Said he: 'I'll give you wages
    Be servant unto me.'
  But oh! the fair young lady
    She piteously did cry
  All for the love she bore him
    She thought that she must die.

  3

  Now first he was in stable,
    With horses at the stall,
  And then advanced to table,
    And servèd in the hall.
  And next he was advancèd
    As butler to the same
  And for his good behaviour
    A steward last became.

  4

  O then into a lottery
    He put his money down,
  He drew a prize and gainèd
    Full twenty thousand pound.
  'Farewell, farewell my master!
    Farewell, my lady kind!
  For I must seek my own true love
    That tarrieth behind.'

  5

  He dress'd himself in velvet,
    In gold and silver braid;
  And so returned to England
    To his true love with speed.
  And when he did espy her
    T'embrace her did essay,
  But from his arms she started
    And frightened drew away.

  6

  'Your gold and shining silver
    Your velvets I defy
  I love a humble 'prentice
    I'll love him till I die.'
  'O lady fair! my only,
    Return unto my arms.
  I many years was banish'd
    And might not see your charms.'

  7

  Then closely she observed him,
    And knew him now again.
  Her smiles dispelled her fears
    As sun disperseth rain.
  With kisses out of measure
    She clasped him to her heart,
  'O now we meet together,
    We never more shall, part.'



No. 108 PAUL JONES

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

    An American frigate, the "Richard" by name,
  Mounted guns forty four and from New York she came,
  To cruise in the channel of old English fame,
  With a noble commander, Paul Jones was his name.

  2

    We had not cruised long ere two sails we espies,
  A large forty four, and a twenty likewise.
  Some fifty bright shippers, well loaden with store,
  And the convoy stood in for the old Yorkshire shore.

  3

    ['Bout twelve was the hour when we came alongside,
  With long speaking trumpet: 'Whence came you?' he cried.
  'Ho! answer me quickly, I'll hail you no more,
  Or a thundering broadside I'll into you pour.'][28]

  4

    We fought them four glasses, four glasses so hot,
  Till forty bold seamen lay dead on the spot.
  And fifty five wounded lay drenched in their gore,
  While loudly the cannons of Paul Jones did roar.

  5

    [Our carpenter frightened, to Paul Jones he came,
  Our ship she leaks water, is likewise aflame.
  Paul Jones he made answer, thus to him replied,
  'If we can do no better, we'll sink alongside.'][29]

  6

    The Serapis wore round, our vessel to rake
  O then the proud hearts of the English did ache.
  The shot flew so frequent, so fierce and so fast,
  That the bold British colours were haul'd down at last.

  7

    Oh! now my brave boys, we have taken a prize,
  A large forty four, and a twenty likewise.
  God help the poor mothers, bereavèd who weep
  For the loss of their sons in the unfathom'd deep.

[Footnote 28: May be omitted when singing.]

[Footnote 29: May be omitted when singing.]



No. 109 THE MERRY HAYMAKERS

H.F.S.

[Music]


  1

  The golden sun is shining bright,
    The dew is off the field;
  To us it is our main delight,
    The fork and rake to wield.
  The pipe and tabor both shall play,
    The viols loudly ring,
  From morn till eve each summer day,
    As we go hay-making.
  CHORUS: The pipe and tabor, &c.

  2

  As we my boys hay-making go,
    All in the month of June,
  Both Tom and Bet, and Jess and Joe
    Their happy hearts in tune.
  O up come lusty Jack and Will,
    With pitchfork and with rake,
  And up come dainty Doll and Jill,
    The sweet, sweet hay to make.
  CHORUS: The pipe and tabor, &c.

  3

  O when the haysel all is done,
    Then in the arish grass,
  The lads shall have their fill of fun,
    Each dancing with his lass.
  The good old farmer and his wife,
    Shall bring the best of cheer,
  I would it were, aye, odds my life!
    Hay-making all the year.
  CHORUS: The pipe and tabor, &c.



No. 110 IN BIBBERLEY TOWN

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  In Bibberley town a maid did dwell,
  A buxom lass, as I've heard tell;
  As straight as a wand, just twenty two,
  And many a bachelor had her in view.
        Ri fal de ral diddle, ri fal de ral dee,
        What ups and downs in the world there be!

  2

  This maid so beautiful fair and free,
  Was sought by a squire of high degree;
  He courted her honestly for his wife,
  But she couldn't venture so high in life.
        Ri fal de ral &c.

  3

  A tinker there came to mend the kettle,
  She fell in love with the man of metal;
  His songs and his jokes won her heart and her hand,
  And she promised with him in the church to stand.
        Ri fal de ral &c.

  4

  They wed, and this jovial mender of pots
  Proved only a brute and the prince of sots;
  He beat her, he starved her, she gave him the slip,
  And back to Bibberley town did trip.
        Ri fal de ral &c.

  5

  She found that the Squire her former flame
  Had wooed and married a wealthy dame;
  But a vacant place in the house she took,
  And, instead of his wife, she became his cook.
        Ri fal de ral diddle, ri fal de ral dee;
        What ups and downs in the world there be!



No. 111 THE MARIGOLD

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  'Twas East North East, so near the line
      So near as we could lie,
  We'd had scarcely left our loading port,
      'Ere ten sail of Turks we spy.
  "Come strike your colours ye English dogs,
      Strike colours presently,
  Come strike your colours ye English dogs,
      Or they shall be struck by we."

  2

  Our captain being a valiant man,
      On quarterdeck did stand,
  "It ne'er shall be said that we did run
      While we have aboard a hand."
  O! then out spake our boatswain bold,
      To the gunner then spake he,
  "Come plant your guns while they are cold
      Both powder and shot are free."

  3

  Broadside to broadside we return'd
      From morn till day was done
  Till three we sank, and three we burn'd
      And three away did run,
  Till three we sank, and three we burn'd
      And three did sail away;
  And one we brought to merry England
      To show we'd won the day.

  4

  Now if you'd know our goodly ship
      And know our captain's name;
  Sir Thomas Merrifield captain was
      Of the Marigold, ship of fame.
  A gallant man Sir Thomas was
      Of famous Bristow town
  A gallant crew were we aboard
      We gained us great renown.



No. 112 ARTHUR LE BRIDE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  I once had a cousin called Arthur Le Bride,
  And he and I wandered adown the sea side,
  For our pleasure and pastime a watching the tide;
            O the weather was pleasant and charming.

  2

  So gaily and gallant we went on a tramp,
  We met Sergeant Napier and Corp'ral Demant,
  And the neat little drummer that tended the camp,
            To beat the row-dow in the morning.

  3

  Good morning young fellows, the sergeant did cry,
  And the same to you sergeant we made a reply,
  There was nothing more spoken, we made to pass by.
            'Twas all on a Christmas day morning.

  4

  Come! come my fine fellows, I pray you enlist,
  Ten guineas in gold I will slap in your fist,
  And a crown in the bargain to kick up a dust,
            For to drink the king's health in the morning.

  5[30]

  O, no! Mr. Sergeant, we are not for sale
  We make no such bargain--your bribe won't avail,
  Not tired of our country we care not to sail,
            Tho' your offers look pleasant and charming.

  6[31]

  Hah! if you insult me, without other words
  I swear by the king we will draw out our swords,
  And thrust thro' your bodies, as strength us affords,
            And leave you without further warning.

  7

  We beat the bold drummer as flat as his shoe,
  We made a football of his row-de-dow-do,
  And the sergeant and corporal, knocked down the two,
            O we were the boys in the morning.

  8

  The two little weapons that hung at their side,
  As we trotted away we threw into the tide,
  May old Harry be with you, said Arthur Le Bride
            For staying our walk in the morning.

[Footnote 30: May be omitted in singing.]

[Footnote 31: May be omitted in singing.]



No. 113 THE KEEPER

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  O there was a keeper, a shooting did go,
  And under his arm he did carry a bow,
  And that for to bring down the buck and the doe;
  All in the green forest, the forest so green,
  Where the red roses blossom to crown my queen.

  2

  The very first doe that he shot at he miss'd,
  The second escaped by the breadth of his fist.
  The third doe was young, so he caught her and kiss'd;
  All in the green forest, the forest so green,
  Where the red roses blossom to crown my queen.

  3

  "My fair pretty doe, you no longer shall roam,
  For certainly henceforth with me you shall come,
  To tarry securely in my little home;
  All in the green forest, the forest so green,
  Where the red roses blossom to crown my queen.

  4

  "Aside I will cast now my billets and bow,
  I'll tarry at home with my own pretty doe,
  As proud as a king of his sceptre, I trow;
  All in the green forest, the forest so green,
  Where the red roses blossom to crown my queen."



No. 114 THE QUEEN OF HEARTS

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  To the Queen of Hearts he's the Ace of sorrow,
  He is here to-day, he is gone to-morrow;
  Young men are plenty, but sweet-hearts few,
  If my love leave me, what shall I do?

  2

  When my love comes in I gaze not around,
  When my love goes out, I fall in a swound;
  To meet is pleasure, to part is sorrow,
  He is here to-day, he is gone to-morrow.

  3

  Had I the store in yonder mountain,
  Where gold and silver is had for counting,
  I could not count, for the thought of thee,
  My eyes so full that I could not see.

  4

  I love my father, I love my mother,
  I love my sister, I love my brother;
  I love my friends, my relations too,
  But I'd leave them all for the love of you.

  5

  My father left me both house and land,
  And servants many at my command;
  At my commandment they ne'er shall be,
  I'll forsake them all for to follow thee.

  6

  An Ace of sorrow to the Queen of Hearts,
  O how my bosom bleeds and smarts;
  Young men are plenty, but sweet-hearts few,
  If my love leave me, what shall I do?



No. 115 THE OWL

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Of all the birds that ever I see,
  The owl is the fairest in her degree.
  For all the day long she sits in a tree,
  And when the night cometh, away flies she.
              To-whit! To-who! says she, To-who!
      Cinamon, ginger, nutmegs and cloves,
      And brandy gave me my jolly red nose.

  2

  The lark in the morn ascendeth on high
  And leaves the poor owl to sob and to sigh;
  And all the day long, the owl is asleep,
  While little birds blithely are singing, cheep! cheep!
              To-whit! To-who! says she, To-who!
      Cinamon, ginger, &c.

  3

  There's many a brave bird boasteth awhile,
  And proves himself great, let Providence smile,
  Be hills and be vallies all covered with snow,
  The poor owl will shiver and mock with Ho! Ho!
              To-whit! To-who! says she, To-who!
      Cinamon, ginger, &c.



No. 116 MY MOTHER DID SO BEFORE ME

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  I am a brisk and bonny lass,
      A little over twenty.
  And by my comely air and dress,
      Of sweethearts I've got plenty.
  But I'll beware of wedlock's snare,
      Tho' dying swains adore me,
  The men I'll tease, myself to please,
      My mother did so before me.

  2

  With fine brocade and diamonds bright,
      Like merry Spring delighting,
  My heart, my humours all delight,
      For my sweet face's inviting.
  I take delight, both day and night,
      To be talked of in story.
  I'll have it said: Here shines a maid!
      My mother did so before me.

  3

  To parks and plays I often go,
      I'll waste each leasure hour;
  I'll walk and talk with every beau,
      And make them feel my power.
  If e'er a spark should fire my heart,
      From one who does adore me,
  I'll wed and kiss, in married bliss,
      My mother did so before me.

  4

  So well I'll manage when I'm wed,
      My husband to perfection,
  And as good wives have always said,
      Keep husbands in subjection.
  No snarling fool me e'er shall rule,
      Nor e'er eclipse my glory,
  I'll let him see, mistress I'll be,
      My mother did so before me.



No. 117 A WEEK'S WORK WELL DONE

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  On Monday morn I married a wife,
  I thought to live a sober life.
  As it fell out I were better dead,
  Than mark the time when I was wed.
          Laddy-heigh-ho! Laddy-heigh-ho!
          Fal-de-ral-li-do! Laddy-heigh-ho!

  2

  On Tuesday morning to my surprise,
  A little before the sun did rise,
  She rattled her clapper, and scolded more,
  Than ever I heard in my life before.
          Laddy-heigh-ho! &c.

  3

  On Wednesday morning I went to the wood,
  I thought to do my wife some good.
  I cut me a twig of holly green,
  I trust the toughest I'd ever seen.
          Laddy-heigh-ho! &c.

  4

  I hung the stick up well to dry,
  I thought on Thursday it to try,
  I laid it about her head and back,
  Before my twig began to crack.
          Laddy-heigh-ho! &c.

  5

  On Friday morning to my surprise,
  A little before the sun did rise,
  She rattled her clapper in scolding tone,
  I turn'd my back and left her alone.
          Laddy-heigh-ho! &c.

  6

  On Saturday morn, as I may say,
  As she on her pillow consulting lay,
  A Bogie arrived in fume and flame,
  And carried her off both blind and lame.
          Laddy-heigh-ho! &c.

  7

  On Sunday, neighbours, I dine without
  A scolding wife and a brawling rout;
  Enjoy my bottle, and my best friend,
  And surely this is a brave week's end.
          Laddy-heigh-ho! &c.



No. 118 THE OLD MAN CAN'T KEEP HIS WIFE AT HOME

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  The old man can't keep his wife at home,
  She dearly loves abroad to roam,
  She will but eat the choicest meat,
  And leave th'old man the bone.
          Herself must have good cheer,
          Herself drink humming beer.
          A merry life lives she,
          For her heart is full of glee.
  CHORUS: The old man can't keep his wife at home,
          She dearly loves abroad to roam, &c.

  2

  The old man's wife went out to dine,
  And left him tuck'd in bed at home.
  She dressed so fine, drank red red wine,
  Her face with pleasure shone.
          She capered and she danc'd,
          She like an ostrich pranc'd,
          And sang There's none so free,
          As old men's wives may be.
  CHORUS: The old man can't keep his wife at home,
          She dearly loves abroad to roam, &c.

  3

  The old man began to crawl and cough'd;
  Above the door he set a stone,
  Then sat and quaff'd thin beer and laugh'd,
  Till spasms made him groan.
          His wife so late came home,
          Then clatter'd down the stone,
          It fell upon her head,
          It knocked her flat and dead.
  CHORUS: The old man don't keep a wife at home,
          Not one who dearly loves to roam.
          Odds bobs, of strife, and gadding wife
          The old man now has none.



No. 119 SWEET FAREWELL

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Will by Mary sad reposes
  On a bank of prim-a-roses.
  Sore is William's heart at leaving,
  Tears that flow tell Mary's grieving,
        Sweet, Farewell! Dearest, farewell, farewell!
            I'm in the marching order.

  2

  Hark! I hear the Colonel crying,
  Drums are beating, colours flying.
  Colours flying, drums are beating,
  Boys! advance, there's no retreating
        Sweet, farewell! &c.

  3

  Gallant boys! be stiff and steady,
  Each man have his flint-lock ready!
  Each man have his flask and powder!
  And his fire stock o'er his shoulder!
        Sweet, farewell! &c.

  4

  Mary said, Do not bereave me!
  Do not break my heart and leave me!
  If you do, I will torment you,
  When I'm dead, my ghost will ha'nt you
        Sweet, farewell! &c.

  5

  Nay, said William, my dear Mary
  I with you nowise can tarry.
  Duty calls--that naught can alter
  At its summons none must falter.
        Sweet, farewell! &c.



No. 120 OLD ADAM THE POACHER

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Old Adam was a poacher,
    Went out one day at Fall,
  To catch a hare for roasting
    And eating bones and all,
        In the sun
        Expecting fun
            Old Adam smiling lay.
        O hare it is good eating,
            Thus did old Adam say.
  Old Adam was a poacher,
     Went out one day at Fall,
  To catch a hare for roasting,
    And eating, bones and all.

  2

  A keeper that was passing,
    Peer'd slyly through the brake
  Saw Adam with his springle;
    Proceeded both to take.
        Hare not his'n,
        So in prison
            Old Adam groaning lay.
        O hare it is good eating
            But not for him to-day,
  Old Adam was a poacher
    Went out one day at Fall
  Went out that morning looking big
    Returnèd, looking small.



No. 121 THE EVENING PRAYER

C.J.S.

[Music]


  1

  Matthew, Mark and Luke and John
  Bless the bed that I lie on.
  Four angels to my bed
  Two to bottom, two to head,
  Two to hear me when I pray,
  Two to bear my soul away.

  2

  Monday morn the week begin,
  Christ deliver our souls from sin.
  Tuesday morn, nor curse nor swear,
  Christes Body that will tear.
  Wednesday, middle of the week,
  Woe to the soul Christ does not seek.

  3

  Thursday morn, Saint Peter wrote
  Joy to the soul that heaven hath bote,
  Friday Christ died on the tree
  To save other men as well as me.
  Saturday, sure, the evening dead,
  Sunday morn, the Book's outspread.

  4

  God is the branch and I the flower,
  Pray God send me a blessed hour.
  I go to bed, some sleep to take,
  The Lord, he knows if I shall wake.
  Sleep I ever, sleep I never,
  God receive my soul for ever.



NOTES ON THE SONGS


1. BY CHANCE IT WAS. Music and words dictated by James Parsons,
hedger, Lew Down; he had learned it from his father, "The Singing
Machine."

A second version of the melody was obtained from Bruce Tyndall, Esq.,
of Exmouth, who had learned it from a Devonshire nurse in 1839 or
1840. The melody was but a variant. It had lost the E[natural] that
comes in so pleasantly.

The tune was certainly originally in the Dorian mode, the E[flat]
being an alteration of a modern singer. We did not, however, feel
justified in restoring the air to its early form, as we had no
authority for so doing.

The words of the song are to be found in a collection of early ballad
books in the British Museum, entitled "The Court of Apollo." There
it consists of six verses, the first three of which are almost word
for word the same as ours. In "The Songster's Favourite Companion," a
later collection, the same song occurs. There it is in three verses
only, and in a very corrupt form.

We are inclined to think that the song dates from the time of James
I. or Charles I.


2. THE HUNTING OF ARSCOTT OF TETCOTT. This song, once vastly popular
in North Devon, and at all hunting dinners, is now nearly forgotten.
The words have been published in "John Arscott of Tetcott" by Luke,
Plymouth, N.D. A great many variations of the text exist. An early
copy, dating from the end of the 18th century, was supplied me by
R. Kelly, Esq., of Kelly; another by a gentleman, now dead, in his
grandmother's handwriting (1820), with explanatory notes. The date
given in the song varies; sometimes it is set down as 1752, sometimes
as 1772.

John Arscott, the last of his race, died in 1788. The "Sons of the
Blue" are taken to have been Sir John Molesworth of Pencarrow, Bart.,
William Morshead of Blisland, and Braddon Clode of Skisdon. But
neither Sir John Molesworth nor Mr. Morshead was, as it happens, a
naval man. If the date were either 1652 or 1672, it would fit John
Arscott of Tetcott, who died in 1708, and Sir John Molesworth of
Pencarrow, who was Vice-admiral of Cornwall; and the "Sons of the
Blue" would be Hender, Sparke, and John, sons of Sir John. The second
John Molesworth married Jane, daughter of John Arscott of Tetcott,
in 1704. It seems probable, accordingly, that the song belonged
originally to the elder John Arscott, and was adapted a century later
to the last John Arscott. The date is not given with precision in the
song; it is left vague as to the century--"In the year '52."

The author of the version of the song as now sung is said to have
been one Dogget, who was wont to run after the foxhounds of the
last Arscott. He probably followed the habit of all rural bards
of adapting an earlier ballad to his purpose, and spoiling it in
so doing. I think this, because along with much wretched stuff
there occur traces of something better, and smacking of an earlier
period. As Dogget's doggerel has been printed, and as I have taken
down a dozen variants, I have retained only what I deemed worthy of
retention, and have entirely recast the conclusion of the song.

John Arscott is still believed to hunt the country, and there are men
alive who declare positively that they have seen him and his hounds
go by, and have heard the winding of his horn, at night, in the park
at Tetcott.

Mr. Frank Abbott, gamekeeper at Pencarrow, but born at Tetcott,
informed me, concerning Dogget: "Once they unkennelled in the
immediate neighbourhood of Tetcott, and killed at Hatherleigh. This
runner was in at the death, as was his wont. John Arscott ordered him
a bed at Hatherleigh, but to his astonishment, when he returned to
Tetcott, his wife told him all the particulars of the run. 'Then,'
said Arscott, 'this must be the doing of none other than Dogget;
where is he?' Dogget was soon found in the servants' hall, drinking
ale, having outstripped his master and run all the way home."

In the MS. copy of 1820, the names of the "Sons of the Blue" were Bob
(Robt. Dennis of S. Breock), Bill (Bill Tickell), and Britannia (Sir
J. Molesworth). The tune, which is in the Æolian mode, was obtained
through the assistance of Mr. W.C. Richards, schoolmaster at Tetcott.
We also had it from John Benney, labourer, Menheniot.

Mr. Richards writes:--"This song is sung annually at the Rent-audit
of the Molesworth estate at Tetcott. Thirty years ago an old man
sang it, and the version I send you is as near the original, as sung
by him, as can be secured. Workmen on the estate often hum the air,
and always sing it at their annual treats." The Arscott property at
Tetcott passed by inheritance to the Molesworths.

Half of the tune was employed by D'Urfey, a Devonshire man, in his
"Pills to Purge Melancholy," to the words, "Dear Catholic Brother"
(vi. p. 277, ed. 1719-20). From D'Urfey it passed into the "Musical
Miscellany," 1731, vi. p. 171, to the words, "Come take up your
Burden, ye Dogs, and away." From England the same half-tune was
carried into Wales, and Jones, in his "Musical Relicks of the Welsh
Bards," 1794, i. p. 129, gives it set to the words of "Difarwch gwyn
Dyfl."

As Benny's variant is interesting, I give it here--

[Music: And sing Fol-de-rol.]


3. UPON A SUNDAY MORNING. The melody taken down from Robert Hard,
South Brent. This is the song to which reference has been made in
the Introduction. It is not a genuine folk melody, but it is an
interesting example of the way in which the folk muse reshapes an air.

Hard sang the words of Charles Swan--

     "'Twas on a Sunday morning, before the bells did peal,
     A note came through the window, with Cupid as the seal."

These words were set to music by Francis Mori in 1853. I give Mori's
tune, and advise that with it should be compared Hard's variation of
it. I have written fresh words to this variation--

[Music: F. Mori.]


4. THE TREES THEY ARE SO HIGH. Words and melody taken down in 1888
first from James Parsons, then from Matthew Baker. Again in 1891
from Richard Broad, aged 71, of Herodsfoot, near S. Keyne, Cornwall.
Again, the words, to a different air, from Roger Hannaford. Another
version from William Aggett, a paralysed labourer of 70 years, at
Chagford. Mr. Sharp has also obtained it in Somersetshire. A fragment
was sung at the Folk-Song Competition at Frome in April 1904. Mr.
Kidson has noted a version in Yorkshire, Miss Broadwood another in
Surrey, see _Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 214. Apparently there
exist two distinct variants of the ballad, each to its proper melody.

Johnson, in his "Museum," professed to give a Scottish version--

     "O Lady Mary Ann looks owre the Castle wa',
     She saw three bonny boys playing at the ba',
     The youngest he was the flower among them a';
         My bonny laddie's young, but he's growing yet."

But of his version only three of the stanzas are genuine, and they
are inverted; the rest are a modern composition.

A more genuine Scottish form is in Maidment's "North Country
Garland," Edinburgh, 1874; but there the young man is fictitiously
converted into a Laird of Craigstoun. It begins--

     "Father, said she, you have done me wrong,
     For ye have married me on a childe young man,
         And my bonny love is long
         Agrowing, growing, deary,
         Growing, growing, said the bonny maid."

But the most genuine form is on an Aberdeen Broadside, B.M., 1871, f.
This, the real Scottish ballad, has verses not in the English, and
the English ballad has a verse or two not in the Scottish.

I have received an Irish version as sung in Co. Tipperary; it is in
six verses, but that about the "Trees so High" is lacking. The rhyme
is more correct than that of any of the printed versions, and the
lines run in triplets. One verse is--

     "O Father, dear Father, I'll tell you what we'll do,
     We'll send him off to college for another year or two,
     And we'll tie round his college cap a ribbon of the blue,
         To let the maidens know he is married."

In one of the versions I have taken down (Hannaford's and Aggett's)
there were traces of the triplet very distinct, and the tune was
akin to the Irish melody sent me, as sung by Mary O'Bryan, Cahir,
Tipperary. Portions of the ballad have been forced into that of "The
Cruel Mother" in Motherwell's MS., Child's "British and Scottish
Ballads," i. p. 223. In this a mother gives birth to three sons at
once and murders them; but after they are murdered--

     "She lookit over her father's wa',
     And saw three bonnie boys playing at the ba'."

Our melody is in the Phrygian mode, a scale which is extremely
scarce in English folk-song. The only other example we know is in
Ducoudray's book of the "Folk Melodies of Brittany."

The Scotch have two airs, one in Johnson's "Museum," the other in
"The British Minstrel," Glasgow, 1844, vol. ii. p. 36, both totally
distinct from ours.

That the ballad is English and not originally Scotch is probable, for
Fletcher quotes it in "The Two Noble Kinsmen," 1634. He makes the
crazy jailer's daughter sing us a snatch of an old ballad--

     "For I'll cut my green coat, a foot above my knee,
     And I'll clip my yellow locks, an inch below my eye,
         Hey ninny, ninny, ninny;
     He's buy me a white cut (stick) forth for to ride,
     And I'll go seek him, through the world that is so wide,
         Hey ninny, ninny, ninny."

In the ballad as taken down from Aggett--

     "I'll cut my yellow hair away by the root,
     And I will clothe myself all in a boy's suit,
     And to the college high, I will go afoot."

I have had versions also from Mary Langworthy, Stoke Flemming, in
the Hypodorian mode, and from W.S. Vance, Penarth, as sung by an old
woman at Padstow in 1863, now dead.

Mr. Sharp gives a version in "Folk Songs from Somerset," No. 15.


5. PARSON HOGG. This was sung by my great-uncle, Thomas Snow, Esq.,
of Franklyn, near Exeter, when I was a child. I have received it
also from Mr. H. Whitfeld, brushmaker, Plymouth. The words may
be found, not quite the same, but substantially so, in "The New
Cabinet of Love," _circ._ 1810, as "Doctor Mack." In Oliver's "Comic
Songs," _circ._ 1815, it is "Parson Ogg, the Cornish Vicar." It is
also in "The Universal Songster" (1826), ii. p. 348. It is found on
Broadsides.


6. COLD BLOWS THE WIND. The words originally reached me as taken down
by the late Mrs. Gibbons, daughter of Sir W.L. Trelawney, Bart., from
an old woman, who, in 1830, was nurse in her father's house. Since
then we have heard it repeatedly, indeed there are few old singers
who do not know it. There are two melodies to which it is sung,
that we give here, and that to which "Childe the Hunter" is set in
this collection. The ballad is always in a fragmentary condition.
The ballad, under the title of "The Unquiet Grave," is in Professor
Child's "British Ballads," No. 78. He gives various forms of it. The
idea on which it is based is that if a woman has plighted her oath
to a man, she is still bound to him, after he is dead, and that he
can claim her to follow him into the world of spirits, unless she can
redeem herself by solving riddles he sets her. See further on this
topic under "The Lover's Tasks," No. 48. Verses 8 and 10 are not in
the original ballad. I have supplied them to reduce the length and
give a conclusion.


7. THE SPRIG OF THYME. Taken down from James Parsons. After the
second verse he broke away into "The Seeds of Love." Joseph Dyer, of
Mawgan in Pyder, sang the same ballad or song to the same tune, and
in what I believe to be the complete form of words--

     "O once I had plenty of thyme,
     It would flourish by night and by day,
     Till a saucy lad came, return'd from the sea,
     And stole my thyme away.

     "O and I was a damsel fair,
     But fairer I wish't to appear;
     So I wash'd me in milk, and I clothed me in silk,
     And put the sweet thyme in my hair.

     "With June is the red rose in bud,
     But that was no flower for me,
     I plucked the bud, and it prick'd me to blood,
     And I gazed on the willow tree.

     "O the willow tree it will twist,
     And the willow tree it will twine,
     I would I were fast in my lover's arms clasp't,
     For 'tis he that has stolen my thyme.

     "O it's very good drinking of ale,
     But it's better far drinking of wine,
     I would I were clasp't in my lover's arms fast,
     For 'tis he that has stolen my thyme."

The song, running as it does on the same theme and in the same metre
as "The Seeds of Love," is very generally mixed up with it, and Miss
Broadwood calls her version of it, in "English County Songs," p. 58,
"The Seeds of Love, _or_ The Sprig of Thyme." The "Seeds of Love"
is attributed by Dr. Whittaker, in his "History of Whalley," to
Mrs. Fleetwood Habergham, who died in 1703. He says: "Ruined by the
extravagance and disgraced by the vices of her husband, she soothed
her sorrows by some stanzas yet remembered among the old people of
her neighbourhood." See "The New Lover's Garland," B.M. (11,621, b
6); a Northumbrian version in "Northumbrian Minstrelsy," 1882, p.
90; a Scottish version in "Albyn's Anthology," 1816, i. p. 40; a
Somersetshire in "Folk Songs from Somerset," No. 1; a Yorkshire in
Kidson's "Traditional Tunes," p. 69. As the two songs are so mixed up
together, I have thought it best to re-write the song.

The melody was almost certainly originally in the Æolian mode, but
has got altered.


8. ROVING JACK. Taken down, words and melody, from William Aggett,
Chagford, and from James Parsons, Lew Down. An inferior version
of the words is to be found among Catnach's Broadsheets, Ballads,
B.M. (1162, b, vol. vii.), also one printed in Edinburgh, Ballads
(1750-1840), B.M. (1871, f). Note what has been said relative to this
tune, which is in the Æolian mode, under 1, "By chance it was," with
which it is closely related.


9. BRIXHAM TOWN. Words taken down from Jonas Coaker, aged 85, and
blind. The melody was given us by Mr. John Webb, who had heard him
sing it in former years. Another version to the same air was obtained
from North Tawton. Again, another was given me by the Hon. A.F.
Northcote, who took it down in 1877 from an itinerant pedlar of 90
years at Buckingham.

The words and tune were clearly composed at the time of the
Commonwealth, 1649-1661.


10. GREEN BROOM. Words and melody taken down from John Woodrich,
blacksmith; he learned both from his grandmother when he was a
child. The Hon. J.S. Northcote sent me another version taken down
from an old woman at Upton Pyne. Again, another from Mr. James Ellis
of Chaddlehanger, Lamerton; another from Bruce Tyndall, Esq., of
Exmouth, as taken down from a Devonshire cook in 1839 or 1840. This,
the same melody as that from Upton Pyne. Woodrich's tune is the
brightest, the other the oldest. The same ballad to different tune
in "Northumbrian Minstrelsy," 1882, p. 98. The song is in D'Urfey's
"Pills to Purge Melancholy," 1720, vi. p. 100, in 14 verses, with a
different conclusion. Broadside versions by Disley and Such. Also
in "The Broom Man's Garland," in "LXXXII. Old Ballads" collected by
J. Bell, B.M. (11,621, c 2). Bell was librarian to the Society of
Antiquaries, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1810-20. Mr. Kidson has obtained a
version in North Yorkshire. Another is in "English County Songs," p.
88. In "Gammer Gurton's Garland," _circ._ 1783, are three verses.


11. AS JOHNNY WALKED OUT. Words and melody from James Parsons. The
original words are in six stanzas, and these I have compressed. The
words with some verbal differences as "set by Mr. Dunn" are in "Six
English Songs and Dialogues, as they are performed in the Public
Gardens," N.D., but about 1750. Then in _The London Magazine_, 1754;
in "Apollo's Cabinet," Liverpool, 1757; in "Clio and Euterpe,"
London, 1758. Our melody was obtained also by Mr. T.S. Cayzer, at
Post Bridge, in 1849, and we have taken down four or five versions.
The tune is totally different from that by "Mr. Dunn."


12. THE MILLER AND HIS SONS. Taken down, music and words, from
J. Helmore, miller, South Brent. The words occur in the Roxburgh
Collection, iii. p. 681. It is included in Bell's "Songs of the
English Peasantry," p. 194; and is in the "Northumbrian Minstrelsy,"
Newcastle, 1882. In the North of England it is sung to the air
of "The Oxfordshire Tragedy," Chappell, p. 191. Our air bears no
resemblance to this.


13. ORMOND THE BRAVE. This very interesting Ballad was taken down,
words and music, from J. Peake, tanner, Liskeard; it was sung by his
father about 1830. It refers to the Duke of Ormond's landing in Devon
in 1714. Ormond fled to France in the first days of July, "a duke
without a duchy," as Lord Oxford termed him, when it was manifest
that the country was resolved on having the Hanoverian Elector as
King, and was unwilling to summon the Chevalier of St. George to the
throne. At the end of October the Duke of Ormond landed in Devon
at the head of a few men, hoping that the West would rise in the
Jacobite cause, but not a single adherent joined his standard, and he
returned to France. The Devonshire squires were ready to plant Scotch
pines in token of their Jacobite sympathies, but not to jeopardise
their heads and acres in behalf of a cause which their good sense
told them was hopeless. I have met with the ballad in a Garland, B.M.
(11,621, b 16). This, however, is imperfect. It runs thus--

     "I am Ormond the brave, did you ever hear of me?
     Who lately was banished from my own country.
     They sought for my life and plundered my estate,
     For being so loyal to Queen Anne the Great.
         I am Ormond, etc.

     "Says Ormond, If I did go, with Berwick I stood,
     And for the Crown of England I ventured my blood,
     To the Boyne I advanced, to Tingney (Quesnoy?) also,
     I preserved King William from Berwick his foe.

     "I never sold my country as cut-purses do,
     Nor never wronged my soldiers of what was their due.
     Such laws I do hate, you're witness above,
     I left my estate for the country I love.

     "Although they degrade me, I value it not a straw,
     Some call me Jemmy Butler, I'm Ormond you know.
         (_Rest of verse missing._)

     "But in the latter days our late Mistress Anne,
     Disprove my loyalty if you can,
     I was Queen Anne's darling, old England's delight,
     Sacheverel's friend, and Fanatic's spite."

When Peake sang the song to Mr. Sheppard and me, he converted German
Elector into German lecturers.

The impeachment and attainder of the Duke in 1715 was a cruel and
malicious act. When he was in the Netherlands acting in concert with
Prince Eugene, he was hindered from prosecuting the war by secret
instructions from Queen Anne. When Quesnoy was on the point of
capitulating, he was forced to withdraw, as he had received orders to
proclaim a cessation of arms for two months. After the death of Queen
Anne, the new Whig Ministry was resolved on his destruction, and
he fled to France, where, although he had been loyal to William of
Orange, and had fought under him at the Boyne, and had also been one
of the first to welcome George I., he threw himself into the cause
of the Pretender, in a fit of resentment at the treatment he had
received. He died on 16th November 1745 at Avignon, but his body was
brought to England and buried in Henry VII.'s Chapel, Westminster.
Swift, writing in the hour of his persecution, gives his character
at great length. "The attainder," says he, "now it is done, looks
like a dream to those who will consider the nobleness of his birth;
the great merits of his ancestors, and his own; his long, unspotted
loyalty; his affability, generosity, and sweetness of nature.... I
have not conversed with a more faultless person; of great justice and
charity; a true sense of religion, without ostentation; of undoubted
valour; thoroughly skilled in his trade of a soldier; a quick and
ready apprehension; with a good share of understanding, and a general
knowledge of men and history."

Mackay, in his "Characters of the Court of Great Britain," says of
him when Governor in Ireland:--"He governs in Ireland with more
affection from the people, and his court is in the greatest splendour
ever known in that country. He certainly is one of the most generous,
princely, brave men that ever was, but good-natured to a fault."


14. JOHN BARLEYCORN. This famous old song has gone through several
recastings. The earliest known copy is of the age of James I. in
the Pepysian Collection, i. 426, printed in black letter by H.
Gosson (1607-1641). Other copies of Charles II.'s reign in the same
Collection, i. 470, and the Ewing Collection, by the publishers
Clarke, Thackeray, and Passenger, to the tune of "Shall I lye beyond
thee." Chappell concludes that this was a very early ballad. "The
language is not that of London and its neighbourhood during James's
reign. It is either northern dialect--which, according to Puttenham,
would commence about 60 miles from London--or it is much older than
the date of the printers," Roxburgh Ballads, ii. p. 327.

This ballad begins--

     "As I went through the North Country
         I heard a merry greeting,
     A pleasant toy and full of joy--
         Two noblemen were meeting."

These two noblemen are Sir John Barleycorn and Thomas Goodale.

The sixth verse runs--

     "Sir John Barlycorne fought in a boule
         Who wonne the victorie,
     And made them all to fume and sweare
         That Barlycorne should die.

     "Some said kill him, some said drowne,
         Others wisht to hang him hie;
     For as many as follow Barlycorne
         Shall surely beggars die.

     "Then with a plough they plow'd him up,
         And thus they did devise,
     To burie him quicke within the earth,
         And sware he should not rise.

     "With harrowes strong they combèd him
         And burst clods on his head,
     A joyfull banquet then they made
         When Barlycorne was dead."

Then the ballad runs on the same as ours. Burns got hold of this
ballad, and tinkered it up into the shape in which it appears in his
collected works, altering some expressions, and adding about six
stanzas. He in no way improved it. Jameson, in his "Popular Ballads,"
Edinburgh, 1806, tells us that he had heard it sung in Morayshire
before that Burns' songs were published.

Dixon, in his collection of the "Songs of the English Peasantry,"
1846, says that "John Barleycorn" was sung throughout England to the
tune of "Stingo, or Oil of Barley," which may be found in Chappell,
from the "Dancing Master," in which it occurs from 1650 to 1690.
But this is not the air to which it is set in the Broadsides above
referred to, nor is it that to which it is sung in the West of
England.

Dr. Barrett has given a different "John Barleycorn" in his "English
Folk-Songs," and another is in the _Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 81.

The words as now sung may be found in "The Mountain of Hair Garland,"
B.M. (1162, c 4), _circ._ 1760. It is also among Such's broadsides.
Words and air were taken down by Mr. Bussell, from James Mortimore, a
cripple, at Princetown, in 1890.

A version taken down in Sussex, to a different tune, is seen in the
_Folk-Song Journal_. This begins--

     "There were three men came out of the West,
       They sold their wheat for rye;
     They made an oath and a solemn oath,
       John Barleycorn should die."

One verse is not in our version--

     "And in the mash-tub he was put,
       And they scalded him stark blind.
     And then they served him worse than that
       They cast him to the swine."


15. SWEET NIGHTINGALE. In "Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of
England," by Robert Bell, London, 1857, the author says: "This
curious ditty, which may be confidently assigned to the 17th century
... we first heard in Germany at Marienberg on the Moselle. The
singers were four Cornish miners, who were at that time, 1854,
employed at some lead mines near the town of Zell. The leader,
or captain, John Stocker, said that the song was an established
favourite with the miners of Cornwall and Devonshire, and was always
sung on the pay-days and at the wakes; and that his grandfather, who
died thirty years before, at the age of a hundred years, used to
sing the song, and say it was very old. The tune is plaintive and
original." Unfortunately Mr. Bell does not give the tune. The air
was first sent me by E.F. Stevens, Esq., of the Terrace, St. Ives,
who wrote that the melody "had run in his head any time these eight
and thirty years." We have since had it from a good many old men in
Cornwall, and always to the same air. They assert that it is a duet,
and was so set in our first edition.

Mr. Bell did not know much of the subject, or he would have been
aware that so far from the song being of the 17th century, it was
composed by Bickerstaff for "Thomas and Sally" in 1760, and was set
to music by Dr. Arne. I have, however, adopted Bell's words instead
of those of Bickerstaff, as shorter. The Cornish melody is quite
distinct from that by Arne, and is not earlier or later than the
second half of the 18th century.


16. WIDDECOMBE FAIR. At present the best known and most popular of
Devonshire songs, though the melody is without particular merit. The
original "Uncle Tom Cobley" lived in a house near Yeoford Junction,
in the parish of Spreyton. His will was signed on January 20, 1787,
and was proved on March 14, 1794. He was a genial old bachelor. Mr.
Samuel Peach, his oldest relation living, tells me, "My great-uncle,
who succeeded him, with whom I lived for some years, died in 1843,
over eighty years of age; he married, but left no children." We have
obtained numerous variants of the air, one taken down from R. Bickle,
Two Bridges, is an early form of the melody; but as that we give is
familiar to most Devonshire men, we have retained it. The names in
the chorus all belonged to residents at Sticklepath.

Mr. C. Sharp has taken down a variant as "Midsummer Fair" in
Somersetshire. The words so far as they went were the same, but each
verse ended in a jingle instead of names.


17. YE MAIDENS PRETTY. The words and melody from James Parsons.
The fullest Broadside version, but very corrupt, is one published
at Aberdeen, Ballads, B.M. (1871, f, p. 61); another, shorter, by
Williams of Portsea. In both great confusion has been made by some
ignorant poetaster in enlarging and altering, so that in many of the
verses the rhymes have been lost. This is how the Aberdeen Broadside
copy begins--

     "You maidens pretty
     In country and city
     With pity hear,
         My mournful tale;
     A maid confounded,
     In sorrow drownded,
     And deeply wounded,
         With grief and pain."

In the third line the "pity" has got misplaced, and "sad complain"
has been turned into "mournful tale," to the loss of the rhyme. Verse
4 has fared even worse. It runs--

     "My hardened parents
     Gave special order
     That I should be
         Close confined be (_sic._)
     Within my chamber
     Far from all danger,
     Or lest that I
         Should my darling see."

A parody on the song was written by Ashley, of Bath, and sung in
"Bombastes Furioso," Rhodes' burlesque, in 1810, to the Irish tune of
"Paddy O'Carrol." This appears also in "The London Warbler," 3 vols.,
N.D., but about 1826, vol. i. p. 80--

     "My love is so pretty, so gay, and so witty,
     All in town, court, and city, to her must give place.
     My Lord on the woolsack, his coachman did pull back,
     To have a look, full smack, at her pretty face," etc.

A Catnach Broadside, "The Cruel Father and the Affectionate Lovers,"
is a new version of the original ballad. Words and melody are
probably of the Elizabethan age; an air to which this ballad has
been recovered from tradition in Surrey resembles ours, and is a
corruption of the earlier melody.

The ballad goes back to a remote antiquity. The French have it, a
"complainte romanesque," of which Tiersot says: "It was known in
past ages, as is shown by a semi-literary imitation, published in a
song-book of the beginning of the 17th century. And in our own day,
poets and literary men, such as Gerard de Nerval, Prosper Mérimée,
M. Auguste Vitu, have given their names to it, having picked it up
as a precious thing from oral recitations by the peasants of our
provinces." It is the ballad of a princess loving a knight, "qu' n'a
pas vaillant six deniers." The King Loys, her father, has imprisoned
her in the highest of his towers--

     "Elle y fut bien sept ans passés
     Sans qu' son pèr' vint la visiter;
     Et quand l'y eut sept ans passés,
         Son père la fut visiter."--TIERSOT, _op. cit._ p. 20.

There can, I think, be no doubt that it is an old troubadour lay
which has been re-composed in Elizabethan times, and has since been
somewhat degraded.


18. THE SILLY OLD MAN. A ballad that was sung by the late Rev.
G. Luscombe something over half a century ago. He was curate of
Bickleigh, and by ancestry belonged to a good old Devonshire family,
and he was particularly fond of ancient West of England songs.
Another version, from old Suey Stephens, a charwoman at Stowford;
another, as sung in 1848, received from Dr. Reed in Tiverton. Miss
Mason, in her "Nursery Rhymes and Country Songs," 1877, gives a
slight variant, also from Devonshire.

The ballad is in Dixon's "Songs of the English Peasantry," 1846,
as taken down by him from oral recitation in Yorkshire in 1845.
It exists in a chap-book, under the title of "The Crafty Farmer,"
published in 1796. In Yorkshire the song goes by the name of "Saddle
to Rags"; there, and elsewhere in the North of England, it is sung to
the tune of "The Rant," better known as "How happy could I be with
either." It has been published as a Scottish ballad in Maidment's
"Ballads and Songs," Edinburgh, 1859. It is given in Kidson's
"Traditional Tunes." The words also in "A Pedlar's Pack," by Logan,
Edinburgh, 1849. The tune to which this ballad is sung in Devonshire
is quite distinct.


19. THE MONTHS OF THE YEAR. Still a popular song among farm
labourers. Three versions of the air and words were taken down--one
at South Brent, one at Belstone, one at Post Bridge. The air is
clearly an old dance tune. The version we preferred was that given us
by J. Potter, farmer, of Merripit, Post Bridge. For like songs, see
"English County Songs," p. 143, and Barrett's "Folk-Songs." Barrett
has the same air as ours, but in triple time. That a similar song
should be found on the Continent is not wonderful; see "Les Douze
Mois de l'année" in Coussemaker: "Les Flamands de France," p. 133.


20. THE CHIMNEY SWEEP. Taken down from J. Helmore, miller, South
Brent. The first verse occurs in one of James Catnach's chap-books:
"The Cries of London," _circ._ 1815.

The tune is possibly based on one used by the Savoyard sweeps, for
Tiersot refers to one such: "Avec sa bizarre vocalise descendante,
d'un accent si étrange dans sa rudesse montagnarde--

     "Ramonez-ci, ramonez-là,
       Sh-a-a-a-ah
     La cheminée du haut en bas."

And this corresponds with the passage, "Aye and there," with its
curious descent in our tune: Tiersot, "Hist. de la Chanson Populaire
en France," Paris, 1889, p. 143.


21. THE SAUCY SAILOR. Words and melody taken from James Parsons. A
Broadside with a different ending printed by Disley, Pitts, Such &
Hodges. Also Tozer's "Forty Sailors' Songs," Boosey, No. 33. The
usual air to which this song is sung in Devon is of a much earlier
character; but we give this as more agreeable to modern ears. Barrett
gives the song in his "English Folk-Songs," No. 32, to a different
tune.


22. BLUE MUSLIN. Taken down, words and music, from John Woodrich,
blacksmith. Muslin was introduced into England in 1670, and cork in
1690. Both are spoken of as novelties, and muslin is sung to the old
form of the word, mous-el-ine.

Miss F. Crossing sent me another version of the words, taken down
from an old woman in South Devon, in or about 1850--

     "'My man John, what can the matter be?'
     'I love a lady, and she won't love me.'
     'Peace, sir, peace, and don't despair,
     The lady you love will be your only care;
       And it must be gold to win her.'

     "'Madam, will you accept of this pretty golden ball,
     To walk all in the garden, or in my lady's hall?'
     'Sir, I'll accept of no pretty golden ball,' etc.

     "'Madam, will you accept of a petticoat of red,
     With six golden flounces around it outspread?'

     "'Madam, will you accept of the keys of my heart,
     That we may join together, and never, never part?'

     "'Madam, will you accept of the keys of my chest,
     To get at all my money, and to buy what you think best?'

     "'Sir, I will accept of the keys of your chest,
     To get at all your money, and to buy what I think best;
       And I'll walk and I'll talk with you.'

     "'My man John, there's a box of gold for you,
     For that which you told me has come true,
       And 'twas gold, 'twas gold that did win her.'"

Another version comes from Yorkshire ("Halliwell Nursery Rhymes," 4th
ed., 1846); another from Cheshire (Broadwood, "English County Songs,"
p. 32); another in Mason's "Nursery Rhymes" (Metzler, 1877, p. 27).
Melodies different from ours.


23. THE DEATH OF PARKER. Words and melody taken down from Samuel
Fone, mason, Blackdown. It is identical with one obtained in
Yorkshire by Mr. Kidson. "The Death of Parker" is found on
Broadsides, and is in "The Lover's Harmony," N.D., printed by Pitts,
of Seven Dials. It is in Logan's "Pedlar's Pack," p. 58, and in
Ashton's "Modern Street Ballads," London, 1888, p. 218.

On April 15, 1797, when Admiral Bridport, commanding the
line-of-battle ships at Portsmouth and Spithead, signalled for the
fleet to prepare for sea, the men, by a preconcerted agreement,
refused to raise anchors till they had obtained redress for their
grievances, which had been sent in the form of a petition to Lord
Howe, two months before, and which had remained unnoticed. The Lords
of the Admiralty endeavoured for some days, but ineffectually, to
reduce the men to obedience. At last the grievances complained of
were redressed by the action of Lord Bridport, who also obtained his
Majesty's pardon for the offenders. However, in May, the sailors
at Portsmouth, thinking that the Government did not intend to keep
faith with them, came ashore and committed great excesses. Shortly
after this the fleet at Sheerness exhibited a mutinous spirit, and
this broke out into open mutiny at the Nore. At the head of the men
was Richard Parker, a Devonshire man. The obnoxious officers were
sent ashore, and the red flag was hoisted. Altogether twenty-five
ships were included in the mutiny. The mutineers seized certain
store-ships, fired on some frigates that were about to put to sea,
and blockaded the mouth of the Thames. All attempts at conciliation
having failed, it became necessary to resort to stringent measures.
Ships and gunboats were armed, batteries were erected on shore; the
mutineers were prevented from landing to obtain fresh water and
provisions; and all buoys and beacons were removed, so as to render
egress from the Thames impossible. One by one the ships engaged in
the mutiny began to drop off, and at last the _Sandwich_, Parker's
flagship, ran in under the batteries and delivered up the ringleader.
Parker was hung at the yard-arm on June 30. The ballad was composed
at the time, and obtained a wide circulation by appearing on
Broadsides.

At the Exeter Assizes in 1828, John C. Parker, son of Richard Parker,
obtained a verdict against his aunts for the possession of an estate
called Shute, which had belonged to his father's elder brother. The
question turned upon the legitimacy of the plaintiff, which was
proved by his mother, a woman who exhibited the remains of uncommon
beauty, and who was a Scottish woman, married to Richard Parker in
1793.


24. THE HELSTON FURRY DANCE. On May 8, annually, a festival is held
at Helston, in Cornwall, to celebrate the incoming of spring. Very
early in the morning a party of youths and maidens go into the
country, and return dancing through the streets to a quaint tune,
peculiar to the day, called the "Furry Dance." At eight o'clock the
"Hal-an-tow" is sung by a party of from twenty to thirty men and
boys who come into the town bearing green branches, with flowers
in their hats, preceded by a single drum, on which a boy beats the
Furry Dance. They perambulate the town for many hours, stopping at
intervals at some of the principal houses.

At one o'clock a large party of ladies and gentlemen, in summer
attire--the ladies decorated with garlands of flowers, the gentlemen
with nosegays and flowers in their hats, assemble at the Town Hall,
and proceed to dance after the band, playing the traditional air.
They first trip in couples, hand in hand, during the first part
of the tune, forming a string of from thirty to forty couples, or
perhaps more; at the second part of the tune the first gentleman
turns with both hands the lady behind him, and her partner turns
in like manner with the first lady; then each gentleman turns his
own partner, and then they trip on as before. The other couples, of
course, pair and turn in the same way, and at the same time.

The dancing is not confined to the streets; the house doors are
thrown open, and the train of dancers enters by the front, dances
through the house, and out at the back, through the garden, and back
again. It is considered a slight to omit a house. Finally the train
enters the Assembly Room and there resolves itself into an ordinary
waltz.

As soon as the first party is finished, another goes through the same
evolutions, and then another, and so on, and it is not till late at
night that the town returns to its peaceful propriety.

There is a general holiday in the town on Flora Day, and so strictly
was this formerly adhered to, that anyone found working on that day
was compelled to jump across Pengella, a wide stream that discharges
its waters into Loo Pool. As this feat was almost impracticable,
it involved a sousing. The festival has by no means ceased to be
observed; it has rather, of late years, been revived in energetic
observance.

The "Helston Furry Dance" is a relic of part of the Old English May
Games. These originally comprised four entirely distinct parts.
1st. The election and procession of the King and Queen of the May,
who were called the Summer King and Queen. 2nd. The Morris Dance,
performed by men disguised, with swords in their hands. 3rd. The
"Hobby Horse." 4th. The "Robin Hood."

In the Helston performance we have a fragment only of the original
series of pageants; at Padstow the Hobby-horse still figures. I have
given the two Padstow songs in "A Garland of Country Song," 1895, No.
42.

The Helston Furry Dance tune was printed in Davies Gilbert's
"Christmas Carols," 2nd ed., 1823. His form is purer than ours, which
is as now sung. Edward Jones had already published it in his "Bardic
Museum," vol. ii. (1802) as "The Cornish May Song," and George
Johnson in his "Welsh Airs," vol. ii. (1811).


25. BLOW AWAY, YE MORNING BREEZES. Taken down, words and music, from
Robert Hard. This curious song was to be sung by two sopranos; that
is to say, one voice taunts the other, and the second replies, then
both unite in the chorus. We have omitted the retort, which consists
simply in the application of the same words to the first singer.
It is certainly an early composition. One passage in it occurs in
"The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter," in Percy's "Relicks," and
Child's "English and Scotch Ballads"--

     "Would I had drunk the water cleare
         When I had drunk the wine,
     Rather than any shepherd's brat
         Should be a lady of mine.
     Would I had drunk the puddle foule
         When I had drunk the ale," etc.

The burden or chorus, "Blow away," etc., occurs also in the ballad of
"The Baffled Knight."


26. THE HEARTY GOOD FELLOW. Taken down, words and music, from
Robert Hard. This ballad is found on a Broadside by Pitts, entitled
"Adventures of a Penny." The first verse there runs--

     "Long time I've travelled the North Country
     Seeking for good company.
     Good company I always could find,
     But none was pleasing to my mind.
               Sing whack, fal de ral, etc.,
                   I had one Penny."

The rest is very much the same as our version. I also heard it sung
by a worker at the Aller Potteries, near Newton Abbot. Mr. Kidson has
obtained a traditional version in Yorkshire, and Mr. C. Sharp one in
Somersetshire from Eliza Hutchins of Langport. As the accent came
wrong in the version we received from Hard, we have adopted that as
given by Eliza Hutchins.


27. THE BONNY BUNCH OF ROSES. Of this we have taken down a great
number of versions. The melody is always the same. The youth in the
printed Broadside copies is always Napoleon Bonaparte. History does
not agree with what is said of the hero in the song. It is almost
certainly an anti-Jacobite production, adapted to Napoleon, with an
additional verse relative to Moscow. In the Broadside versions the
song is given "To the tune of the Bunch of Roses, O!" indicating that
there was an earlier ballad of the same nature.

This was a favourite fo'castle song in the middle of the nineteenth
century. There is a version of it in Christie's "Traditional
Ballads." One has also been recovered by Mr. Kidson in Yorkshire. The
song was such a favourite that a public-house near Wakefield bears
"The Bonny Bunch of Roses, O!" as its sign.


28. THE LAST OF THE SINGERS. The melody taken down from William
Huggins, mason, of Lydford, who died in March 1889. He had been
zealously engaged that winter going about among his ancient musical
friends collecting old songs for me, when he caught a chill and died.
The words he gave were those of the ballad, "The Little Girl down
the Lane," and were of no merit. I have therefore discarded them and
written fresh words, and dedicate them to the memory of poor old Will.


29. THE TYTHE PIG. Words and air taken from Robert Hard. Sung also
by J. Helmore. The song appears on Broadsides by Disley, Jackson of
Birmingham, Harkness of Preston, Catnach, and others. There are ten
verses in the original. I have cut them down to seven.


30. OLD WICHET. Taken from Thomas Darke of Whitstone. He had learned
it in 1835 from a fellow labourer. Sung also by James Parsons, Samuel
Fone, and J. Woodrich. It is said to be still popular in the North
of England. A Scottish version in Herd's Collection, 1769, and in
Johnson's "Musical Museum," Edinburgh, 1787-1803, vol. v. p. 437.
"Old Wichet" is in the Roxburgh Collection, and Bell has printed it
in his "Ballads and Songs of the English Peasantry."

Dr. Arnold recast the song to a tune of his own in "Auld Robin Gray,"
1794. The Scottish version begins--

     "The good man cam hame at e'en
         And hame cam he.
     And there he saw a saddle horse
         Where nae horse should be."

Dr. Arnold begins--

     "'Twas on Christmas day, my father he did wed,
     Three months after that, my mother was brought to bed."

In the original English song the final line to each stanza runs--

     "Old Wichet went a cuckold out, and a cuckold he came home."

But in one version taken down--

     "When honest men went out, under a horned moon."

I have thought it advisable to modify the last line of each stanza,
and to compose a last stanza, so as to give to the song a less
objectionable character. A somewhat similar ballad exists in France,
as "Marianne," in Lemoine, "Chansons du Limousin," Limoges, 1890;
in Daymard, "Vieux chants populaires de Quercy," Cahors, 1889; "Le
Jaloux," in Bladé, "Poésies populaires de Gascogne," 1881. But, in
fact, all these songs are the versification of an old troubadour
tale, that is given in Barbazan, "Fabliaux et contes des poètes
François xi.-xiv. siècles," as the "Chevalier à la robe vermeille,"
t. iii. p. 296. Alphonse Daudet, in "Numa Roumestan," introduces a
great portion of the ballad. He says, "C'est sur un air grave comme
du plain-chant." In the midst of the song, the person reciting it
breaks off, and transported by enthusiasm exclaims: "Ça, voyez-vous,
mes enfants, c'est _bo_ (beau) comme du Shakespeare."


31. JAN'S COURTSHIP. Words and air from Mr. R. Rowe, Longabrook,
Milton Abbot. Another set, slightly different, from Mr. Crossing;
another, practically identical, from Mr. Chowen, Brentor. As "Robin's
Courtship," the song was recovered by Mr. E.T. Wedmore of Bristol, in
Somersetshire. It has also been noted in the same county by Mr. Sharp
as "William the Rose," sung to the tune of "Lillibulero." It is found
in "The Universal Songster," _circ._ 1830, as "Poor Bob." In the
"Roxburgh Ballads," vi. pp. 216-7, is what is probably the earliest
form--"Come hither my dutiful son, and take counsel of me." This
was sung to the air "Grim King of the Ghosts." Another version is
referred to in the "Beggars' Opera," Act III. Sc. viii., "Now Roger
I'll tell thee, because thou'rt my son."

Our tune is rugged, and Somersetshire in character. It is in the
Æolian mode.


32. THE DROWNED LOVER. Taken down from James Parsons. This is a
very early song. It first appears as "Captain Digby's Farewell," in
the "Roxburgh Ballads," iv. p. 393, printed in 1671. In Playford's
"Choice Ayres," 1676, i. p. 10, it was set to music by Mr. Robert
Smith. Then it came to be applied to the death of the Earl of
Sandwich, after the action in Sole Bay, 1673. A black letter ballad,
date _circ._ 1676, is headed, "To the tune of the Earl of Sandwich's
Farewell." The original song consisted of three stanzas only; it
became gradually enlarged and somewhat altered, and finally Sam
Cowell composed a burlesque on it, which has served more or less to
corrupt the current versions of the old song, printed on Broadsides
by Catnach, Harkness, and others.

The black letter ballad of 1673 begins--

     "One morning I walked by myself on the shoar
     When the Tempest did cry and the Waves they did roar,
     Yet the music of the Winds and the Waters was drownd
     By the pitiful cry, and the sorrowful sound,
         Oh! Ah! Ah! Ah! my Love's dead.
               There is not a bell
               But a Triton's shell,
         To ring, to ring, to ring my Love's knell."

"Colonel Digby's Lament," 1671, begins--

     "I'll go to my Love, where he lies in the Deep,
     And in my Embrace, my dearest shall sleep.
     When we wake, the kind Dolphins together shall throng,
     And in chariots of shells shall draw us along.
         Ah! Ah! My Love is dead.
             There was not a bell, but a Triton's shell,
             To ring, to ring out his knell."

A second version of the melody, but slightly varied from that we
give, was sent us by Mr. H. Whitfeld of Plymouth, as sung by his
father. Our air is entirely different from that given by Playford,
and is probably the older melody, which was not displaced by the
composition of Mr. R. Smith. The song is sung to the same melody, but
slightly varied, in Ireland.


33. CHILDE THE HUNTER. Words taken in a fragmentary form from Jonas
Coaker. He had used up the material of the ballad, incorporating
it into a "poem" he had composed on Dartmoor, and vastly preferred
his own doggerel to what was traditional. The Æolian melody given
is that to which the Misses Phillips, who were born and reared at
Shaw, on Dartmoor, informed me that they had heard the ballad sung
about 1830. We also obtained this air to "Cold blows the wind." It is
unquestionably an early harp tune, not later than the reign of Henry
VII. For the story of Childe of Plymstock, see Murray's "Handbook of
Devon," ed. 1887, p. 208; more fully and critically in W. Crossing's
"Ancient Crosses of Dartmoor," 1887, p. 51.


34. THE COTTAGE THATCHED WITH STRAW. Taken down, words and melody,
from John Watts, quarryman, Alder, Thrushleton. This is one of
the best known and, next to "Widdecombe Fair," most favourite
songs of the Devon peasantry. Mr. Kidson has noted the song from a
Worcestershire man. So far we have not been able to trace either
words or melody, though neither can be earlier than the beginning
of the nineteenth century, and the song has all the character of a
published composition, and no spontaneous composition of a peasant.


35. CICELY SWEET. Words and air sent me by J.S. Hurrell, Esq.,
Kingsbridge, who had learned them in the middle of last century
from Mr. A. Holoran, a Devonshire schoolmaster. It has already been
published as "Sylvia Sweet" in Dale's "Collection," _circ._ 1790. Two
verses are given by Halliwell as traditional in his "Nursery Rhymes,"
4th ed., 1846, p. 223.


36. A SWEET, PRETTY MAIDEN. Melody taken down from James Parsons. The
words of his ballad were interesting and poetical, but did not fit
the tune. It began--

     "A maiden sweet went forth in May,
       Nor sheet nor clout she bare,
     She went abroad all on the day
       To breathe the fresh spring air.
     Before that she came back again
     The maiden bore a pretty son,
       And she roll'd it all up in her apron."

The theme is the same as "She roun't in her apron" in Johnson's
"Musical Museum," v. p. 437; and as it was quite impossible for us to
print it, I have set to the air another song.


37. THE WHITE COCKADE. Words and tune from Edmund Fry. The words
of this ballad are often mixed up with those of "It was one summer
morning, as I went o'er the grass." The song used to be well known
in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Several versions are given in Kidson's
"Traditional Tunes." As we heard the song, the cockade was described
as green, but there never was a green cockade. I have somewhat
altered the words. The Jacobite song of the "White Cockade" is
totally distinct. A Barnstaple ware punch-bowl with cover I have seen
in the parish of Altarnon, Cornwall, has on the cover the figure of
a piper with his dog, and the inscription, "Piper, play us the White
Cockade." This can hardly refer to the Scottish song and tune.

In "Stray Garlands," B.M. (71621, a, b), is "The Blue Cockade," but
this is a fusion of the two ballads.


38. THE SAILOR'S FAREWELL. Words and music from J. Helmore. A
Broadside version by Williams of Portsea, Wright of Birmingham, B.M.
(1876, c 2). As Helmore and his wife sang the verses alternately, we
have so arranged it.


39. A MAIDEN SAT A-WEEPING. Words and melody from James Parsons.
Again, from Will Aggett, Chagford, identically the same. In our
opinion a delicately beautiful song. The tune probably of the
sixteenth century.


40. THE BLUE KERCHIEF. Words and melody from John Woodrich, locally
known as "Ginger Jack." The words have appeared, with slight
variations, on Broadsides in ten verses. Catnach issued a parody on
it, "The Bonny Blue Jacket." In Dr. Barrett's "English Folk-Songs,"
he uses this tune for "Paul Jones."


41. COME TO MY WINDOW. This is a very early song, and the melody is
found substantially the same from the time of Queen Elizabeth.

In Beaumont and Fletcher's "Knight of the Burning Pestle," printed in
1613 and again in 1635, the merchant sings snatches of the song--

     "Go from my window, love, go;
     Go from my window, my dear;
             The wind and the rain
             Will drive you back again,
         You can not be lodged here.

     "Begone, begone, my Juggy, my Puggy,
     Begone, my love, my dear!
             The weather is warm,
             'Twill do thee no harm,
         Thou canst not be lodged here."--Act III.

In Fletcher's "Monsieur Thomas," 1639, a maid sings--

     "Come to my window, love, come, come, come!
     Come to my window, my dear:
             The wind and the rain
             Shall trouble thee again,
         But thou shalt be lodged here."--Act III. Sc. iii.

In Fletcher's "The Woman's Prize," 1640, Jaques says--

     "A moral, sir; the ballad will express it:
             The wind and the rain
             Have turn'd you back again,
         And you cannot be lodged there."--Act I. Sc. iii.

It is evident that this ballad was very familiar in the latter part
of the 16th century, and we find that on March 4, 1587-8, John Wolfe
had a licence to print a ballad, entitled "Goe from my Window." It
was one of those early songs parodied in "Ane compendious booke of
Godly and Spirituall Songs," Edinburgh, 1590. This begins--

     "Quho (who) is at my windo, who, who?
       Goe from my windo; goe, goe.
     Quha calls there, so like a strangere?
       Goe from my windo, goe!"

At the end of Heywood's "Rape of Lucrece," 1638, is--

     "Begone, begone, my Willie, my Billie,
       Begone, begone, my deere;
     The weather is warm, 'twill doe thee no harm,
       Thou canst not be lodged here."

And in this form it appears in "Wit and Drollery," 1661, p. 25.

In "Pills to Purge Melancholy," 1719, iv. 44, is another version of
the song, beginning, "Arise arise, my juggy, my puggy." The tune
is found in what is erroneously called Queen Elizabeth's "Virginal
Book," and in "A New Book of Tablature," 1596; and in Morley's
"First Book of Concert Lessons," 1599; and in Robinson's "Schoole of
Musick," 1603. In the "Dancing Master," from 1650 to 1680, the tune
is given under the title of "The New Exchange, or Durham Stable," but
altered into 6-4 time to fit it for dancing.

The tune in its original form may be seen in Chappell, i. p. 141.

Chappell has also given a traditional form of the air as obtained at
Norwich. Dr. Barrett has given another in his "English Folk-Songs,"
No. 46, but without saying where he picked it up.

We obtained ours from John Woodrich; he heard it in an ale-house near
Bideford in 1864, from an old man, who recited a tale, in which the
song comes in in snatches. He had been soaked by the rain, and he
told the tale as he dried himself by the kitchen fire. The story is
this--

Two men courted a pretty maid; one was rich, the other poor; and the
rich man was old, but she loved the young poor man. Her father, in
spite of her tears, forced her to marry the rich man; but her other
suitor came under her window and tapped, and when the husband was
away she admitted him. So passed a twelvemonth, and she had a little
child. Then, one night, the lover came under the window, thinking her
goodman was from home. With his tapping the husband awoke, and asked
what the sound was. She said that an ivy leaf, fluttered by the wind,
struck the pane.

But fearing lest the lover should continue to tap, she began to sing,
as she rocked the cradle--

     "Begone, begone, my Willie, my Billy,
       Begone my love and my dear.
             O the wind is in the west
             And the cuckoo's in his nest,
         And you cannot have a lodging here."

Again the lover tapped, and the husband asked what that meant. She
said that a bat had flown against the window. Then she sang--

     "Begone, begone, my Willie, my Billy,
       Begone, my love and my dear.
             O the weather it is warm
             And it cannot do thee harm,
         And thou canst not have a lodging here."

Then the lover called, and the husband asked what that was. She said
it was the hooting of an owl; and then she sang--

     "Begone, begone, my Willie, my Billy,
       Begone my love and my dear.
             O the wind and the rain
             Have brought him back again,
         But thou canst not have a lodging here."

Again the lover rapped; then she sprang out of bed, threw abroad the
casement, and sang--

     "Begone, begone, my Willy, you silly,
       Begone, my Fool and my Dear.
             O the Devil's in the man,
             And he cannot understan',
         That to-night he cannot have a lodging here."

This is almost certainly the original framework to which these
snatches of song belong. But there was another version of the story
in a ballad entitled "The Secret Lover, or the Jealous Father
beguil'd, to a West Country tune, or Alack! for my love and I must
dye," printed by P. Brooksby, between 1672 and 1682, given by Mr.
Ebsworth in the "Roxburgh Ballads," vi. p. 205. This begins--

     "A dainty spruce young Gallant, that lived in the West,
     He courted a young Lady, and real love professt,
     And coming one night to her, his mind he thus exprest--
         And sing, Go from my window, love, go!

     "'What, is my love a sleeping? or is my love awake?'
     'Who knocketh at the window, who knocketh there so late?'
     'It is your true love, Lady, that for your sake doth wait.'
         And sing, Go from my window, love, go!"

Here the father, and not the husband, is the person who is
troublesome to the lovers.

That this is an adaptation, and not the original form of the story,
is obvious from the line--

     "And the cuckoo's in his nest,"

a play on the word cuckold.

A still later version, _circ._ 1770, is given by Ebsworth, "Roxburgh
Ballads," vi. p. 205.

Messrs. Moffat and Kidson have given the song in the "Minstrelsy of
England," N.D., but 1903, p. 24. So also Dr. Barrett in his
"English Folk-Songs," No. 26. I have recast the words. The song may
derive from a tale used by Boccaccio in his "Decameron," vii. 1.


42. TOMMY A LYNN. This song is alluded to in the "Complaynt of
Scotland," 1549; it is probably the "Ballett of Tomalin," licensed
to be printed in 1557-8. A snatch of it occurs in Wager's play: "The
longer thou livest the more fool thou art," _circ._ 1560--

     "Tom a Lin and his wife and his wife's mother
     They got over the bridge all three together.
     The bridge was broken, and they fell in,
     The Devill go with you all, quoth Tom a Lin."

It was printed in Ritson's "North Country Chorister," Durham, 1802;
and it occurs in "The Distracted Sailor's Garland," B.M. (11,621, c
3). "Bryan o' Lynn was a gentleman born," as sung by "Mr. Purcell's
celebrated Irish vocalists," is in the "Dublin Comic Songster,"
Dublin, 1841. Halliwell gives the song in his "Popular Rhymes," 1849,
p. 271, and one verse in his "Nursery Rhymes," No. 61.

Mr. J. Phillips, who founded the Aller Vale potteries, in a lecture
on the condition of Dartmoor in 1837, says: "For roughing it on
the moor, warm waterproof coats were made by using a sheep's skin,
the wool on the inside. Warm caps of rabbit skin were common, with
lappets over the ears. An old rhyme sung by the boys was--

     "Old Harry Trewin, no breeches to wear,
     He stole a ram's skin to make a new pair.
     The shiny side out and the woolly side in,
     And thus doth go old Harry Trewin."

We have taken down the song twice from Thomas Dart and from James
Parsons. What "A Bone of my stover" signifies I am unable to say.


43. THE GREEN BUSHES. Words and melody taken down from Robert Hard.
Another sent me by Mr. Crossing, heard by him on Dartmoor from
a labouring man in 1869. The same as this taken down from James
Parsons. This latter sent by me to Miss Broadwood, who has published
it in her "County Songs," p. 170. In Buckstone's play of "The Green
Bushes," 1845, Nelly O'Neil sings snatches of this song, one verse,
"I'll buy you fine petticoats," etc., in Act 1., and that and the
following verse in Act III. Nowhere is the complete ballad given.
That, however, owing to the popularity of the drama, was published
soon after as a "popular Irish ballad sung by Mrs. FitzWilliam."
Later it was attributed to the husband of that lady, Mr. E.F.
FitzWilliam, but it was not published in his lifetime. The words are
substantially old, in this form are a softening down of an earlier
ballad which has its analogue in Scotland, "My daddie is a cankered
carle," each verse of which ends--

     "For he's low down, he's in the broom
           That's waiting for me."

The English form is "Whitsun Monday," an early copy of which is in
one of the collections in the British Museum, date about 1760. Each
verse ends--

     "And 'tis low down in the broom
           She's waiting there for me."

Broadsides by Disley and Such. In a collection of early ballad books
in the British Museum is "The Lady's Book of Pleasure," printed in
Cow Lane, _circ._ 1760. This contains a ballad that begins--

     "As I was a walking one morning in May,
     I heard a young damsel to sigh and to say,
     My love is gone from me, and showed me foul play,
     It was down in the meadow, among the Green Hay."

Another, with Green Bushes in place of Green Hay, published by Hodges
of Seven Dials, B.M. (1875, b 19). For other versions, see Kidson's
"Traditional Tunes"; Joyce's "Ancient Irish Music," 1873; Petrie's
"Ancient Music of Ireland," 1855. The Irish air is not the same as
ours.


44. THE BROKEN TOKEN. Words and melody from Robert Hard. Broadside
forms as "The Brisk Young Sailor," or as "Fair Phoebe"; as "The
Dark Eyed Sailor," by Such, and Wheeler of Manchester; and as "The
Sailor's Return," by Catnach. A version is published in Christie's
"Traditional Ballads," and Mr. Kidson obtained it in Yorkshire to a
tune different from ours. The same as ours was noted down by Mr. S.
Reay about 1830-5 from a ballad singer at Durham.


45. THE MOLE CATCHER. Taken down from J. Hockin, South Brent, by H.
Fleetwood Sheppard in 1888. The original words were very gross, and
I did not note them. In the British Museum is an early Garland, and
in the list of contents on the cover is "The Mole Catcher," but the
song has been torn out, probably for the same reason that prevented
me from taking it down. All I copied was the beginning of the song. I
have supplemented this with fresh words.


46. THE KEENLY LODE. Mr. Bussell and I spent a week in 1894 at the
Lugger Inn, Fowey, collecting songs. We met there one day an old
miner, who asked us if we knew "The Keenly Lode," and on our saying
that we did not, he gave us a long song on mining, that, however,
lacked point. I have therefore re-composed the song. The air is
that employed for "The Crocodile," an extravagant ballad, which has
been published by Miss Broadwood in her "County Songs." Her tune is
practically the same as ours, but there are some differences. "The
Crocodile" is a very popular ballad among old song-men, but no one
would care to sing it in a drawing-room or at a concert, because it
is vastly silly.

"A Keenly Lode" is a lode that promises well. A "Bâll" is a mine in
Cornish. In Cornwall every old man is termed "Uncle."

We have taken down "The Meat Pie" to the same air.


47. MAY DAY CAROL. Melody and words noted down a good many years
ago by J.S. Cayzer, Esq. It was sung, till of late years, in my
neighbourhood, where a bunch of flowers at the end of a stick was
carried about by children. It was customary in England for a lover
on May morning to take a green bough to the house of the beloved. If
she opened the door and took it in, this was a token of acceptance.
At the Puritan epoch this custom was altered, and the song was
converted into a carol with a moral to it, see "Notes and Queries,"
Third Series, ix. p. 380; Hone's "Every Day Book," 1826, i. p. 567;
Chambers' "Book of Days," i. p. 578. Herrick refers to the custom of
youths bringing their May bushes to the maids of their choice:--

     "A deale of youth ere this is come
     Back, and with white thorn laden home,
     Some have dispatched their cakes and cream,
     Before that we have left to dream."

The melody is a very early one in the Dorian mode, and resembles that
of the carol, "The Moon shines bright," Broadwood's "County Songs,"
p. 108. The carol is still sung in Cornwall.


48. THE LOVERS' TASKS. This very curious song belongs, as I was
told, in Cornwall, to a sort of play that was wont to be performed
in farmhouses at Christmas. One performer, a male, left the room,
and entered again singing the first part. A girl, seated on a chair,
responded with the second part. The story was this. She had been
engaged to a young man who died. His ghost returned to claim her. She
demurred to this, and he said that he would waive his claim if she
could perform a series of tasks he set her. To this she responded
that he must, in the first place, accomplish a set of impossible
tasks she would set him. Thus was he baffled.

"In all stories of this kind," says Professor Child, "the person
upon whom a task is imposed stands acquitted if another of no less
difficulty is devised which must be performed first."

This ballad and dramatic scene corresponds with that in "Cold blows
the wind" (No. 6). There, in the original, the ghost desires to draw
the girl underground, when she is seated on his grave. She objects,
and he sets her a task--

     "Go fetch me a light from dungeon deep,
       Wring water from a stone,
     And likewise milk from a maiden's breast,
       That never babe had none."

She answers the requirement--

     "She stroke a light from out a flint,
       An icebell squeezed she,
     And likewise milk from a Johnnis' wort,
       And so she did all three."

Icebell is icicle. By this means she was quit. In the version I have
given I have altered this to suit the song for modern singing.

In "The Elfin Knight," Child's "British Ballads," No. 2, an elf
appears to the damsel and sets her tasks. If she cannot accomplish
these, she must accompany him to the elf world. Here we have a
substitution of a fairy for a ghost.

In an Ulster Broadside in the British Museum (1162, k 5) we have
a later substitution. A low-born gamekeeper gets a damsel of high
degree into his power, and will not release her unless she can solve
a series of riddles. This she does, and so makes her escape.

Of the Northumbrian ballad, "Lay the Bent to the Bonny Broom," Child,
No. 1, there are two versions. In one given by Miss Mason, "Nursery
Rhymes and Country Songs," a stranger comes to the door of a house
where are three sisters, and demands that one shall follow him or
answer a series of riddles. Then ensues a contest of wit, and the
girl escapes the obligation of following the mysterious stranger.
Who he is is not ascertained. In the other version it is different;
he is a knight, and he offers to marry the girl who can solve his
riddles. The youngest sister effects this, so he marries her. It is
the same in the corresponding Cornish ballad of "Genefer Gentle and
Rosemarie," originally given by Gilbert in his "Cornish Christmas
Carols," 2nd ed., p. 65, and reprinted by Child.

To the same category belongs the song, "Go no more a-rushing, Maids,
in May," that we have taken down from several singers, and which is
given as well by Miss Mason, and by Chappell, i. p. 158, where the
task is to solve riddles--

     "I'll give you a chicken that has no bone,
     I'll give you a cherry without a stone,
     I'll give you a ring that has no rim,
     I'll give you an oak that has no limb."

The solution is--

     "When the chicken is in the egg it has no bone,
     When the cherry is in bloom it has no stone,
     When the ring is a-melting it has no rim,
     When the oak is in the acorn it has no limb."

But the story about the setting of the puzzle has fallen away.

We did obtain a ballad in Cornwall about the ghost visiting the
damsel and demanding that she should keep her engagement, but the
metre was not the same as that of the "Lovers' Tasks."

Apparently at some remote period a maiden who was pledged to a man
was held to belong to him after he was dead, and to be obliged to
follow her lover into the world of spirits, unless she could evade
the obligation by some clever contrivance. When this idea fell away,
either an elf was substituted or a man of low birth, or else the
whole story was dropped; or, again, it was so altered that a knight
was put in the place of the ghost, and it became the privilege of the
shrewd girl who could answer the riddles to be taken as his wife.

The setting of hard tasks occurs in German folk-tales, as in
"Rumpelstiltskin," where the girl has to spin straw into gold.

In the "Gesta Romanorum," ed. Osterley, p. 374, one of the most
popular collections of stories in the Middle Ages, is a corrupt
reminiscence of the tale. A king delayed to take a wife till he could
find one sagacious enough to make him a shirt without seam out of a
scrap of linen three inches square. She retorts that she will do this
when he sends her a vessel in which she can do the work. Jacques de
Voragine wrote his "Golden Legend" in or about 1260. In that he tells
this tale. A bishop was about to succumb to the blandishments of the
devil in female form, when a pilgrim arrived. Either the damsel or
the palmer must leave, and which it should be was to be determined by
the solution of riddles. The pilgrim solved two. Then the fiend in
female form asked: "How far is it from heaven to earth?" "That you
know best, for you fell the whole distance," replied the palmer, and
the fiend vanished. Then the pilgrim revealed himself as St. Andrew,
to whom the bishop had a special devotion.

The classic tale of [OE]dipus and the Sphinx will be remembered in
connection with delivery from death by solving riddles. In Norse
mythology we have the contest in conundrums between Odin and the
giant Vafthrudnir. The Rabbis tell of the Queen of Sheba proving
Solomon with hard questions, which are riddles.

The historians of Tyre, as Josephus informs us, recorded that an
interchange of riddles went on constantly between Solomon and Hiram,
each being under an engagement to pay a forfeit of money for every
riddle that he could not solve. Solomon got the best of Hiram, till
Hiram set a Tyrian boy to work, who both solved the riddles of
Solomon, and set others which Solomon could not answer. We have a
later version of this story in the ballad of King John and the Abbot
of Canterbury, who, unable to solve the king's riddles, set his
cowherd to do this, and he accomplished it successfully.

We took down the ballad and air from Philip Symonds of Jacobstow,
Cornwall, also from John Hext, Two Bridges, and from James Dyer of
Mawgan. The burden, "And every grove rings with a merry antine," is
curious; _antine_ is antienne--anthem. In "Gammer Gurton's Garland,"
1783, the burden is "Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme." In one of
Motherwell's MSS. it stands, "Every rose grows merry wi' thyme."
These are attempts made to give sense where the meaning of the
original word was lost.

In _Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 83, is a version from Sussex:
"Sing Ivy, Sing Ivy."


49. LULLABY. Noted by me from recollection, as sung by a nurse, Anne
Bickle of Bratton Clovelly, about 1842. James Olver of Launceston
also knew the tune. The words I have re-composed to the best of my
ability.


50. THE GIPSY COUNTESS. The melody of the first part from James
Parsons, that of the second from John Woodrich. Versions also from
Peter Cheriton, shoemaker, Oakford, near Tiverton; William Setter
and George Kerswell, Two Bridges, Dartmoor. Robert Browning composed
on this theme his poem, "The Flight of the Duchess," having heard
a beggar woman sing the ballad. Mrs. Gibbons told me she heard the
whole ballad sung by her nurse in Cornwall, about 1830.

The Scottish version of the ballad is that of "Johnny Faa," in Allan
Ramsay's "Tea-Table Miscellany," 1724, from which it passed into
all collections of Scottish songs. Allan Ramsay's version turns on
a story--utterly unhistorical--that Lady Jean Hamilton, married to
the grim Covenanter, John, Earl of Cassilis, fell in love with, and
eloped with, Sir John Faa of Dunbar, who came to the castle disguised
as a gipsy along with some others. She was pursued, and Faa and his
companions were hung. No such an event took place. The Scotch are
wont to take an old ballad, give it local habitation and name, and so
make it out to be purely Scottish. My impression is that this was an
old English ballad dealt with by Ramsay. It may have been so adapted
for political purposes, as a libel on Lady Cassilis, who was the
mother of Bishop Burnet's wife. An Irish form of the ballad in the
British Museum (1162, k 6). For a full account of the "Johnny Faa"
ballad, see Child's "English and Scottish Ballads," No. 200. He is of
opinion that the English ballad is taken from the Scottish. I think
the reverse is the case. Parsons sang right through without division
of parts. I have made the division, so as to allow of the use of both
airs; but actually the second is a modern corruption of the first,
and is interesting as showing how completely a melody may undergo
transformation. Mr. Sharp has given a Somersetshire version of the
ballad in his "Folk Songs from Somerset," No. 9.


51. THE GREY MARE. The melody and a fragment of the song were taken
down from J. Hockin, South Brent, and again from James Olver. Neither
could recall all the words. There are two forms of the ballad on
Broadsides. Both are printed by Mr. Kidson in his "Traditional
Tunes." Mr. Sheppard recast the words.


52. THE WRECK OFF SCILLY. Words and melody from James Parsons. The
ballad as sung consisted of seven verses. Broadside by Catnach. The
last verse in this is nonsense, and I have re-written this verse.
Under the title "The Rocks of Scilly," it occurs, in twenty-two
verses, in "The Sailor's Tragedy," Glasgow, 1802.


53. HENRY MARTYN. Words and melody from Roger Luxton, Halwell. Again,
from Matthew Baker, James Parsons, and from a shepherd on Dartmoor.
The versions slightly differed, as far as words went. In one, Henry
Martyn receives his death-wound; in another, it is the king's ship
that is sunk by the pirate.

Mr. Kidson has printed two versions of the song in his "Traditional
Tunes," from Yorkshire sources. Miss Broadwood has also collected it,
_Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 162, in Sussex.

Henry Martyn is a corruption of Andrew Barton. In 1476, a Portuguese
squadron seized a richly laden ship, commanded by John Barton, in
consequence of which letters of reprisal were granted by James IV.
to the three sons, Andrew, Robert, and John, and these were renewed
in 1506. Hall, in his "Chronicle," under 1511, says that King Henry
VIII. being at Leicester, tidings reached him that Andrew Barton so
stopped the king's ports that the merchant vessels could not pass
out, and he seized their goods, pretending that they were Portuguese.
Sir Edward Howard, Lord High Admiral, and Sir Thomas Howard were sent
against him. Their two ships were separated, but a fight ensued, in
which Andrew was wounded, and his vessel, the _Lion_, was taken. He
died of his wounds.

The ballad was re-composed in the reign of James I., and this is
published in Percy's "Relicks" and in Evans' "Old Ballads." For an
account of Sir Andrew Barton, see Child's "English and Scottish
Ballads," No. 167. The ballad in full in Percy's MS. book is in
sixty-four stanzas. Our form of the ballad is probably earlier, but
it is incomplete. I have added the last verse to give a finish to the
story. The tune is in the Æolian mode.


54. PLYMOUTH SOUND. Melody taken down from Roger Luxton to a song of
this name. There are three songs that go by the title of "Plymouth
Sound" on Broadsides, by Keys, of Devonport, and by Such; but all are
coarse and undesirable. I have therefore written fresh words to this
delicious air.


55. THE FOX. In the early part of last century this song was sung at
all harvest suppers in the West of England. It is known elsewhere,
but not to the same tune. A version of "The Fox" in the tenth volume
of "Notes and Queries," 1854, is spoken of as "an old Cornish Song."
In "Gammer Gurton's Garland," _circ._ 1783, is one verse of the
song. It occurs in "The Opera, or Cabinet of Song," Edinburgh, 1832.
Halliwell, in his "Nursery Rhymes," Percy Soc., 1842, gives a fuller
version than ours. He begins--

     "The fox and his wife they had a great strife,
     They never eat mustard in all their life;
     They eat their meat without fork or knife,
         And loved to be picking a bone, e-no!"

In a collection of songs in the British Museum is the ballad on a
Broadside by Harkness of Birmingham. It begins--

     "The fox went out of a moon-shiny night,
     When the moon and the stars they shined so bright;
     I hope, said the Fox, we'll have a good night,
             When we go to yonder town, O!
                 Mogga, mogga, Reynard.
         The wheel it goes round, and we'll tally-ho th' hounds,
         And I wish I was through the town, O!"

The tune we give was taken down from James Parsons. There were two
other airs to which it was sung in other parts of England. These I
give--

[Music: The Fox, II.]

[Music: III.]


56. FURZE BLOOM. The melody from Roger Luxton to the words of the
ballad, "Gosport Beach," which could not possibly be inserted here. I
have accordingly written fresh words to it, embodying the folk-saying
in Devon and Cornwall--

     "When the Furze is out of bloom,
     Then Love is out of tune."


57. THE OXEN PLOUGHING. This song was known throughout Devon and
Cornwall at the beginning of the 19th century. It went out of use
along with the oxen at the plough. We found every old singer had
heard it in his boyhood, but none could recall more than snatches
of the tune and some of the words. We were for three years on its
traces, always disappointed. Then we heard that there was an old
man at Liskeard who could sing the song through. Mr. Sheppard and
I hastened thither, to find that he had been speechless for three
days, and that his death was hourly expected. One day I found an
old white-headed and white-bearded man cutting ferns in the hedges
at Trebartha in Cornwall. His name was Adam Landry. We got into
conversation. I had heard he was a singer, and I asked after this
especial song. He knew it. I sat down among the cut fern and learned
it from him, singing it over and over till I had it by heart, and
then drove home eighteen miles, warbling it the whole way, and went
to my piano and fixed it. Later we found a labouring man, Joseph
Dyer, at Mawgan-in-Pyder, who could sing the song through.

Mr. Sharp has also taken this down note for note in North Devon from
an old farmer, Mr. Lake of Worlington, who remembered the use of oxen
ploughing.

A very similar folk-song is found in France, with its refrain, naming
the oxen--

     "Aronda, Vironda,
     Charbonné, Maréchaô,
         Motet et Roget,
         Mortaigne et Chollet,
     Ho! ho! ho! ho! ho! mon mignon,
     He! he! he! he! he! he! mon valet."

See George Sand's account of the song in "Le mare au diable," c. 2;
Tiersot, _op. cit._, p. 157.


58. FLORA, THE LILY OF THE WEST. Two melodies have been noted down to
this ballad, one from Matthew Baker, the old cripple on Lew Down, the
other from Samuel Fone. The first is identical with one obtained in
Yorkshire by Mr. Kidson.

The words are on Broadsheets by Such, Fortey, Barr of Leeds, etc.

In the original the lover betrayed by Flora stabs to the heart the
"lord of high degree" who has supplanted him--

     "I walked up to my rival with a dagger in my hand,
     And seized him from my false love, and bid him boldly stand;
     Then, mad with desperation, I swore I'd pierce his breast,
     And I was betrayed by Flora, the Lily of the West."

He is tried for murder, but "a flaw was in the indictment found," and
he escapes the gallows. And the ballad winds up--

     "Although she swore my life away, she still disturbs my rest,
     I must ramble for my Flora, the Lily of the West."

I have thought it well to cut out the murder and the trial.

The ballad has clearly an Irish origin, what air is used for it in
Ireland I am unable to say. It has been generally accepted that the
ending of a phrase on the same three notes is characteristic of Irish
music. It is not more so than of English folk airs. "Flora, the
Lily of the West" was wont to be sung annually at the Revel at St.
Breward's on the Bodmin Moors, and can be traced back there to 1839.
There Henry Hawken, sexton at Michaelstow, hard by, acquired it, and
from him the first melody was taken down as well by the Rev. W.J.
Wyon, vicar of St. Issey, in 1899.


59. THE SIMPLE PLOUGHBOY. This charming ballad was taken down, words
and music, from J. Masters, Bradstone. The Broadside versions that
were published by Fortey, Hodges, Taylor of Spitalfields, Ringham of
Lincoln, and Pratt of Birmingham, are all very corrupt. The version
of old Masters is given exactly as he sang it, and it is but one
instance out of many of the superiority of the ballads handed down
traditionally in the country by unlettered men, to those picked up
from the ballad-mongers employed by the Broadside publishers.

A version of the song, "It's of a Pretty Ploughboy," is given in the
_Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 132, as taken down in Sussex. The
words are very corrupt, and they closely resemble those on Broadsides.


60. FAIR LADY PITY ME. Taken down from a labouring man at Exbourne.
The melody is ancient and dates from the Tudor period. The words are
a fragment from "The Noble Lord's Cruelty," "Roxburgh Ballads," ed.
Ebsworth, vi. 681-3. Its date is before 1624. But that was to be
sung to the tune, "Dainty come Thou to Me," which is in Chappell,
ii. p. 517. A ballad, "The Four Wonders of the Land," printed by P.
Brocksby, 1672-95, was set to the tune, "Dear Love Regard My Grief,"
which are the initial words of this song, and shows that already the
long ballad had been broken up.

This song has already been given, arranged by Dr. Bussell, who took
it down, in "English Minstrelsie," iv. p. 84.


61. THE PAINFUL PLOUGH. Words and melody from Roger Huggins, mason,
Lydford. It is in reality a much longer song. Under the title of "The
Ploughman's Glory" it runs to 25 verses. Bell gives 9 in his "Ballads
of the English Peasantry." It is found on Broadsides. In the original
it consists of a contention between a ploughman and a gardener as
to which exercises the noblest profession. Our air is not the same
as that to which the song is sung in the Midlands and south-east of
England. Dr. Barrett gives the song in his "English Folk-Songs," No.
3, to a North Country air.


62. AT THE SETTING OF THE SUN. This very curious ballad has been
taken down twice, from Samuel Fone by Mr. Sheppard, and again by
Mr. Cecil Sharp from the singing of Louie Hooper and Lucy White at
Hambridge, Somerset, to a different air. Fone had forgotten portions
of the song. The man who mistakes his true love for a swan because
she had thrown her apron over her head as a protection from the rain
is tried at the assizes for the murder--

     "In six weeks' time when the 'sizes came on,
     Young Polly appeared in the form of a swan,
     Crying Jimmy, young Jimmy, young Jimmy is clear,
     He never shall be hung for the shooting of his dear."

And he is, of course, acquitted.

In Fone's version she appears in dream to her lover as a swan, and
comforts him, but the sequel of the story he could not recall.

The ballad is found in a fragmentary condition in Kent--

     "O cursed be my uncle for lendin' of a gun.
     For I've bin' and shot my true love in the room of a swan."

And the apparition of the girl says--

     "With my apron tied over me, I 'peared like unto a swan,
     And underneath the green tree while the showers did come on."

This was heard in 1884, sung by a very old man at a harvest supper at
Haverstall Doddington, near Faversham.

The transformation of the damsel into a swan stalking into the Court
is an early feature, and possibly the ballad may be a degraded form
of a very ancient piece.

This ballad, arranged as a song with accompaniment by Mr. Ferris
Tozer, has been published by Messrs. Weeks.

Mr. Sharp has given the song to a different air in his "Folk-Songs
from Somerset," No. 16.


63. ALL JOLLY FELLOWS THAT FOLLOW THE PLOUGH. This song is very
generally known. We have picked up four variants of the tune. Miss
Broadwood gives one from Oxfordshire and one from Hampshire, but hers
lack the chorus. Mr. C. Sharp has also gathered three. He says: "I
find that almost every singer knows it, the bad singers often know
but little else. Perhaps it is for this reason that the tune is very
corrupt, the words are almost always the same."

In the second verse we have the breakfast described as consisting
of bread and cheese and stingo. In Miss Broadwood's version the
breakfast consists of cold beef and pork; the drink is not specified.


64. THE GOLDEN VANITY. Taken down, words and air, from James Oliver.
The ballad was printed as "Sir Walter Raleigh sailing in the
Lowlands, showing how the famous ship called the _Sweet Trinity_
was taken by a false galley; and how it was recovered by the craft
of a little sea-boy, who sunk the galley," by Coles, Wright, Vere,
and Conyers (1648-80). In this it is said that the ballad is to be
sung "to the tune of The Lowlands of Holland," and in it there is
ingratitude shown to the poor sea-boy of a severe character. In this
version there are fourteen verses. It begins--

     "Sir Walter Raleigh has built a ship,
           In the Netherlands.
     And it is called the _Sweet Trinity_,
     And was taken by the false Gallaly,
           Sailing in the Lowlands."

It has been reprinted in Child, No. 286, as also the earliest form of
the ballad from the Pepys Collection. By writing some of the words
as "awa'" and "couldna'," it has been turned into a Scottish ballad.
Under the form of "The Goulden Vanity," it is given with an air (of
no value) in Mrs. Gordon's "Memoirs of Christopher North," 1862, ii.
p. 317, as sung at a convivial meeting at Lord Robertson's, by Mr. P.
Fraser of Edinburgh.

We obtained the same ballad at Chagford as "The Yellow Golden Tree."
"Sir Walter Raleigh," says Mr. Ebsworth, in his introduction to the
ballad in the "Roxburgh Ballads" (v. p. 418), "never secured the
popularity, the natural affection which were frankly given to Robert
Devereux, the Earl of Essex. Raleigh was deemed arrogant, selfish,
with the airs of an upstart, insolent to superiors, unconciliating
with equals, and heartlessly indifferent to those in a lower
position. The subject of the ballad is fictitious--sheer invention,
of course. The selfishness and ingratitude displayed by Raleigh
agreed with the current estimate. He certainly had a daughter."

In the ballad in the Pepys Collection the _Sweet Trinity_, a ship
built by Sir Walter Raleigh, has been taken by a galley of a
nationality not specified. He asks whether any seaman will take the
galley and redeem his ship: the reward shall be a golden fee and his
daughter. A ship-boy volunteers and with his auger bores fifteen
holes in the galley and sinks her, and releases the _Sweet Trinity_.
Then he swims back to his ship and demands his pay. The master will
give golden fee but not his daughter. The ship-boy says, Farewell,
since you are not so good as your word.

In the stall copy of the ballad, the master refuses to take the boy
on board after he had sunk the galley, and threatens to shoot him,
and the boy is drowned. Then he is picked up, is sewed in a cow-hide
and thrown overboard.

Mr. Kidson has obtained no less than four different versions from
sailors.

A version from Sussex is in _Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 104.
Another in Miss Broadwood's "English County Songs." It is also in
Ferris Tozer's "Sailors' Songs and Chanties." The black letter ballad
of "Sir Walter Raleigh Sailing in the Lowlands low ... or the _Sweet
Trinity_" was priced in Russell Smith's catalogue, £1, 5s.


65. THE BOLD DRAGOON. Words and melody taken down by W. Crossing,
Esq., many years ago, from a labouring man on Dartmoor, now dead.
The words were very corrupt. We took down the words and tune from
Moses Cleve at Huckaby Bridge, Dartmoor. An early version of the
words as "The Jolly Trooper," in "The Lover's Garland," N.D., but of
the beginning of the 18th century. The original is too coarse for
reproduction and is lengthy. I have condensed the ballad and softened
it down. The press mark in the British Museum is 11,621, c 5.


66. TRINITY SUNDAY. Melody noted down by T.S. Cayzer, Esq., in 1849,
at Post Bridge, from a moor man. The original words were unsuitable,
a Broadside ballad of a murder.[32] I have written fresh words.

[Footnote 32: Printed on Broadside by Catnach as "Oxford City."]

In connection with this charming air, I will give Mr. Cayzer's
account of taking it down in 1849, which he has kindly extracted for
me from his diary:--"This air, together with 'As Johnny walked out'
(No. 11), I got from Dartmoor; nor shall I soon forget the occasion.
The scene was a lonely one (I think Two Bridges, but it may have been
Post Bridge). It had been raining all day. There was not a book in
the house, nor musical instrument of any kind, except two hungry pigs
and a baby that was being weaned. Towards nightfall there dropped in
several miners and shepherds, and I well remember how the appearance
of these Gentiles cheered us. We soon got up a glorious fire--such a
fire as peat only can make, and drew the benches and settles round.
By the friendly aid of sundry quarts of cyder I, before long, gained
the confidence of the whole circle, and got a song from each in
turn; and noted down two that were quite new to me: no easy matter,
considering that they were performed in a strange mixture of double
bass and falsetto. The action with which they accompanied the singing
was extremely appropriate. They always sing standing."

Many a similar evening have Mr. Sheppard, Mr. Bussell, and I spent in
like manner over the peat fire with the burly, red-faced moor men and
shepherds, standing to sing their quaint old songs, and very happy
evenings they have been.

The same melody was taken down by Miss Wyatt Edgell from an old woman
near Exeter, in 1891. The words sung to it related to the same Oxford
Tragedy, but were a version different from the stall copy.


67. THE BLUE FLAME. Melody taken down by Mr. W. Crossing, from an old
moor man, to "Rosemary Lane." Roger Luxton and James Parsons also
sang "Rosemary Lane" to the same air. The words are objectionable.
Moreover, in other parts of England, this Broadside song is always
sung to one particular air. We therefore thought it well to put to
our melody entirely fresh words.

It was a common belief in the West of England that a soul after death
appeared as a blue flame; and that a flame came from the churchyard
to the house of one doomed to die, and hovered on the doorstep till
the death-doomed expired, when the soul of the deceased was seen
returning with the other flame, also as a flame, to the churchyard.


68. STRAWBERRY FAIR. Melody taken down from James Masters. This is a
very old song. It is found with music in "Songs and Madrigals of the
15th Century," published by the Old English Plain-Song Society, 1891.
The ballad was recast "Kytt has lost her Key," which is given by
Dr. Rimbault in his "Little Book of Songs and Ballads gathered from
Ancient Music Books," 1851, p. 49. We have been forced to re-write
the words, which were very indelicate. The air was used, in or about
1835, by Beuler, a comic song writer, for "The Devil and the Hackney
Coachman"--

     "Ben was a Hackney coachman sure,
     Jarvey! Jarvey!--Here I am, your honour."

I have never found a singer who had any knowledge of Beuler's song,
but all have heard "Strawberry Fair," and some men of seventy or
eighty years of age say they learned it from their fathers.


69. THE COUNTRY FARMER'S SON. Taken down from James Woolrich, a
labourer, at Broadwood Widger. The original ballad, "The Constant
Farmer's Son," is found on a Broadside by Ross of Newcastle. I have
re-written the song. The fine, robust tune belongs to the end of the
18th century. See _Folk-Song Journal_, i. p. 160.


70. THE HOSTESS' DAUGHTER. Taken down from J. Masters, Bradstone. The
coarseness of the original words obliged me to re-write the song.


71. THE JOLLY GOSS-HAWK. Melody taken down from H. Westaway to "The
Nawden Song," which begins--

     "I went to my lady the first of May,
     A jolly Goss-hawk and his wings were grey,
     Come let us see who'll win my fair ladye--you or me."

To the 2nd of May is "a two twitty bird," then "a dushy cock," a
"four-legged pig," "five steers," "six boars," "seven cows calving,"
"eight bulls roaring," "nine cocks crowing," "ten carpenters yawing,"
"eleven shepherds sawing," "twelve old women scolding." Mr. C.
Sharp has taken it down in Somersetshire. A Scottish version in
Chambers' "Popular Rhymes of Scotland," 1842; as "The Yule Days," a
Northumbrian version; "The XII. days of Christmas," with air not like
ours, in "Northumbrian Minstrelsy," Newcastle, 1882, p. 129.

A Breton version, "Gousper ou ar Ranad" in "Chansons Populaires de
la Basse Bretagne," by Luzel, 1890, p. 94. The West of England song
has got mixed up with the "Goss Hawk," another song. See "The Fond
Mother's Garland," B.M. (11,621, c 5). A companion song to this is
"The Bonny Bird," given further on in this collection, No. 106. The
song, in Devonshire, goes by the name of "The Nawden Song."


72. THE SONG OF THE MOOR. The melody was taken down at Merrivale
Bridge, Dartmoor, from a quarryman named Nankivel, commonly known as
"Old Capul." To this air he sang a farcical ballad, "The Infant,"
quite unworthy of it. I have, accordingly, written fresh words to a
really good swinging tune.

The original began as follows--

     "O when I was an Infant, to London I did go,
     Among the French and Spaniards my gallantry to show.
     And when I reached the Eastern shore, I let my head hang down,
     I tripped over Baganells (?) and never touched the ground.
                           Fal-de-ral-de, etc.

     "So when I reached the Eastern shore, I met a giant high,
     He lookèd down upon me, and bade me pass him by.
     He challenged me to dance and sing, to whistle and to run,
     I beat him out of all his wits, and kill'd him when I'd done.

     "The people in amazement stood, to see what I had done,
     They gave me silver plate, about a fifty ton.
     I made myself a little box, about three acres square,
     I filled it to the very top, with my bright silver ware."

And so on through a string of absurdities. It is apparently a
modernised version of "The Jovial Broomman," by R. Climsall,
published by R. Harper, 1635-1642. "Roxburgh ballads," ed. Chappell,
i. p. 500.


73. ON A MAY MORNING SO EARLY. This melody belongs to the ballad "I'm
Seventeen on Sunday." This begins--

     "As I walked out one May morning,
       One May morning so early,
     O there I spied a fair pretty maid
       All on the dew so pearly.
           With a fa-la-la, with a fa-la-la,
       All on the dew so pearly.

     "O where are you going my fair pretty maid?
       O where are you going my lambie?
     Then cheerfully she answered me,
       On an errand for my mammie.

     "How old are you, my fair pretty maid?
       How old are you, my honey?
     Then cheerfully she answered me,
       I'm seventeen on Sunday."

For good reasons we could not give the words as taken down, so Mr.
Sheppard wrote fresh words to the tune. The ballad was obtained from
Roger Huggins, Lydford, and from William Bickle, Bridestowe, but
it is known and sung throughout Devon and Cornwall. The original
ballad was altered by Burns to "The Waukrife Mammy" for Johnson's
"Museum," iv. p. 210, and Allan Cuningham also arranged a song on the
same theme, as the original was objectionable. Lyle gives it in his
"Ballads," 1827, saying: "This ballad, in its original dress, at one
time, from my recollection, was not only extremely popular, but a
great favourite among the young peasantry of the West of Scotland. To
suit the times, however, we have been necessitated to throw out the
intermediate stanzas, as their freedom would not bear transcription,
whilst the second and third have been slightly altered from the
recited copy." An Irish version (re-written) to the Irish air, by
Joyce, "Ancient Irish Music," 1873, No. 17. He says: "I cannot tell
when I learned the air and words of this song, for I have known
them as long as my memory can reach back. For several reasons [the
original words] could not be presented to the reader."

Burns, when forwarding the ditty to Johnson, said of it: "I picked
up this old song and tune from a country girl in Nithsdale; I
never met with it elsewhere in Scotland." The words may be found
on Broadsheets, printed by Such and by Bebbington, Manchester. Mr.
Kidson has recovered several versions in Yorkshire, and one is given
in the _Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 92, as taken down in Sussex,
and two were in vol. ii. p. 9 noted down by Mr. Sharp in Somerset.
Our tune is in the Dorian mode.


74. THE SPOTTED COW. Words and air from James Parsons, J. Helmore, H.
Smith, and J. Woodrich. Mr. Sharp has also taken it down in N. Devon
and in Somerset.

The earliest form of the words is found in a garland printed by Angus
of Newcastle, B.M. (11,621, c 4). There are later Broadside versions.
The words also in Fairburne's "Everlasting Songster," _circ._ 1825.
Mr. Kidson gives the song in his "Traditional Tunes," p. 70, but to a
melody different from ours. About 1760 Dr. Berg set the song, recast
in a Scotch form: "As Jamie gang'd blithe his way along the banks of
Tweed," to be sung at Ranelagh. As sung, the ballad consists of four
lines in a stanza, and the two last are repeated; and it is in seven
stanzas. To shorten the ballad I have made each stanza consist of six
lines. Our tune is not that of Dr. Berg. But it is redolent of the
art-music of the 18th or early 19th century, and hardly possesses the
character of folk-made song. Still, it is very freely sung by old
people in Devon and Somerset.


75. THREE JOVIAL WELSHMEN. Taken down from "Old Capul," Nankivel,
Merrivale Bridge. The song is given in Halliwell's "Nursery Rhymes
of England," 290. It is probably a very old ballad, for in a ballad,
"Choice of Inventions," printed by F. Coles, 1646-74, in the Roxburgh
Collection (ed. Chappell, i. p. 105), is given a pot-pourri of
scraps, "several sorts of the figure three," and it begins--

     "There were three men of Gotham, as I've heard say,
     That needs would ride a hunting upon St. David's Day.
     Through all the day they hunting were, yet no sport could they see,
     Untill they spide an Owle as she sate on a tree.
     The first man said 'twas a Goose, the second man said Nay,
     The third man said 'twas a Hawke, but his Bells were falne away."

The tune to which it was to be sung was "Rock the Cradle, sweet
John," for which, see Chappell, i. p. 189.

Another, and more modern version, is that of "The Three Jovial
Huntsmen"--

     "It's of three jovial huntsmen an' a hunting they did go;
     An' they hunted, an' they hallo'd, an' they blew their horns also,"

which has been illustrated by Caldecott.

The original ballad is in "The Woody Chorister," B.M. (1162, e 2).

This is one of the ballads Mr. Incledon Johns heard sung on the
outskirts of Dartmoor in 1830, mentioned in his book, already
noticed, published in 1832.

A version, "Six Jovial Welshmen," is given in vol. i. p. 128,
_Folk-Song Journal_, from Sussex. It runs--

     "It's of six jovial Welshmen, six jovial men were they,
     And they would all a hunting ride, upon St. David's Day.
     Then fill each glass and let it pass, no sign of care betray,
     We'll drink and sing, 'Long live the King!' upon St. David's Day."

     "When crook-back'd Richard wore the crown, as regent of the land,
     No policy could pull him down, nor his proud foe withstand.
     A tribute he from them did seek, which they refused to pay,
     And in their caps they wore a leek, upon St. David's Day.
     Then fill each glass, and let it pass, etc."

This is probably a re-edition of the older song.


76. WELL MET, WELL MET, MY OWN TRUE LOVE. The words are a cento from
the lengthy ballad of the "Carpenter's Wife," which, as we have taken
it down, consists of twenty verses. The black letter Broadside, "The
Carpenter's Wife," is a peculiarly interesting ballad. It is the
story of one Jane Reynolds of Plymouth, who had plighted her troth
to a seaman. As they were about to be married, he was pressed and
carried off to sea. Three years later, news arrived that he was dead,
and then she married a carpenter, and lived with him for five years,
and bore him three children. At the end of seven years an evil spirit
assumed the likeness of her dead lover, and appeared to her, and
induced her to leave with him. He carried her off, and she was never
seen again. The husband, in despair, hung himself. Such is the theme
of a lengthy ballad in the Roxburgh Collection, ed. Chappell, iii.
p. 200. There are copies as well in the Pepys and Ewing Collections.
It was printed by F. Coles (1646-1674), Gilbertson (1654-1663), Vere
(1640-1680), and W. Oney (1650-1702). It was a sorry composition.

Now, the traditional ballad, as compared with the printed ballad, is
superior at every point. It begins abruptly with the address of the
sailor to the carpenter's wife, without the long story that precedes
his attempt to cajole her to elope. Moreover, there is in it no
intimation that the tempter is an evil spirit in the form of the dead
lover, and when she has eloped, she pines not for three, but for her
one babe, whom she has deserted.

Thirteen of the verses of the traditional ballad are found in "The
Rambler's Garland," B.M. (1162, c 2). A form closely resembling our
Devon ballad is in Buchan's "Ballads of the North of Scotland," i.
p. 214, but is longer, consisting of twenty-six stanzas. Kinloch,
Motherwell, and Laidlaw have also portions of it. Laidlaw, in a
letter to Scott, January 3, 1803, says of the ballad, as sung to him
by Walter Grieve: "He likewise sung part of a very beautiful ballad
which I think you will not have seen.... The tune is very solemn and
melancholy, and the effect is mixed with a considerable proportion of
horror." See Child, No. 243.

The printed ballad that is in the Roxburgh Collection is, I feel
convinced, a clumsy re-writing of the earlier ballad, so as to
convey a moral, as its title implies, "A Warning to Married Women."
James Harris is the demon lover. In the traditional ballad, when the
carpenter's wife has eloped, she falls into deep depression--

     "I do not weep for your gold, she said,
     Nor do I weep for your fee,
     But by the masthead stands my baby dead,
     And I weep, I weep for my dead babie....

     "She had not a-been upon the seas
     But six days of the week,
     Before that she lay as cold as clay
     And never a word, one word did speak.

     "They had not a-been upon the seas
     Of weeks but three and four,
     But down to the bottom the ship did swim
     And never was heard of, heard of more."

There is another ballad running on somewhat similar lines, "The
Undutiful Daughter," who is in like manner enticed away; but the ship
will not proceed, and lots are cast who is to be thrown overboard.
The lot falls on the girl, and she is cast into the sea, but the body
swims before the ship and reaches land first. This ballad we have
taken down several times.

The last verse (six) I have added to make some sort of conclusion to
the song.

What the air is to which the ballad is sung in Scotland I do not know.


77. POOR OLD HORSE. Words and melody from Matthew Baker. The song is
given in Bell's "Ballads of the English Peasantry," p. 184, as sung
by the mummers in the neighbourhood of Richmond, Yorkshire. He says:
"The rustic actor who sings this song is dressed as an old horse,
and at the end of every verse the jaws are snapped in chorus. It is
a fine composition, and is now (1864) printed for the first time."
This is not so; it has long existed on Broadside by Hodges of Seven
Dials, and Such, etc. The Midland air of the song in Mason's "Nursery
Rhymes and Country Songs," 1877. Mr. Kidston has obtained several
versions of the song in Yorkshire and Lancashire. A fine setting was
sung at the Folk-Song Competition at Kendal in 1903. It is given in
_Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. pp. 75 and 260.

In "Sailors' Songs and Chanties," Boosey & Co., the song is given
under the title of "The Dead Horse." In Derbyshire, at Christmas,
boys and young men were wont, and may be still are wont, to go about,
one dressed as a horse, with a horse's skull in his hands or affixed
to his head; then this song was sung by the attendants and money
asked for the feeding of the beast, and the head was made to snap
its jaws. The song is also given in Topcliff's "Melodies of the Tyne
and Wear," N.D., but _circ._ 1815, and is also found on
Broadsides by Such.

Mr. Sharp has given a version in his "Folk-Songs from Somerset," No.
27.


78. THE DILLY SONG. An almost endless number of versions of this
song have been taken down, and have been sent to us. It is known
throughout Cornwall, and is, indeed, still sung in the chapels. When
a party of amateurs performed the "Songs of the West" in Cornwall,
1890, the Dilly Song always provoked laughter among the good folk at
the back of the halls. This puzzled the performers, till they learned
that folk laughed because this was their familiar chapel hymn. In
the text I have given the version of the words with least of the
religious element in them. Here are some of the other versions--

2. "God's own Son, or Christ's Natures"; or "The strangers o'er the
wide world rangers"; or "The lily-white maids."

3. "Three is all eternity"; "Three are the Thrones." The strangers
are probably the Wise Men from the East.

4. "The Gospel Preachers"; "The Evangelists."

5. "The Ferryman in the Boat"; "The Nimble Waiters."

6. "The Cherubim Watchers"; "The Crucifix"; "The Cherrybird Waiters."

7. "The Crown of Heaven"; "The Seven Stars."

8. "The Great Archangel"; "The Angels"; "The Daybreak."

9. "The Nine Delights," _i.e._ the Joys of Mary; "The Moonshine."

10. "The Commandments"; "Begin Again."

11. "The Eleven Disciples"; "They that go to Heaven."

There are similar verses in German and Flemish; a Scottish version
in Chambers' "Popular Rhymes," 1842, p. 50. Also found in Brittany:
Luzel, "Chansons Populaires," 1890, p. 88. There is a Mediæval Latin
form, beginning "Unus est Deus." A Hebrew form is printed in Mendez:
"Service for the First Night of the Passover," London, 1862; a
Moravian form in Wenzig: "Slavischer Märchen-Schatz," 1857, p. 295.
It is also sung in the Eifel, Schmitz: "Sitten u. Bräuche des Eifler
Volkes," Trier, 1856, p. 113. A Greek form is in Sanders: "Volksleben
der Neugriechen." See also: Coussemaker, "Chants populaires des
Flamands," Gand, 1850; Villemarqué, Barzas Breis, 1846, and later
editions.

The lily-white boys are probably the Gemini, or sign for Spring. In
the "Queen-like Closet, or Rich Cabinet," 1681, are instructions for
embroidering emblems of the months. "May is to be clothed in a robe
of _white and green_, and his sign must be Gemini."

"The Ferryman in the Boat" is perhaps Charon. In other versions Five
is the Dilly-bird, or the Dilly-hour, "when blooms the dilly-flower."

Some are obviously merely adopted as rhymes, as "six the crucifix."

In Cornwall and Devon the song goes by the name of "The Dilly Song."
What the meaning of "Dilly" is must remain uncertain. Possibly it
signifies the Festal Song (Welsh, _dillyn_, pretty, gay).

The song used to be sung by Eton boys. It was introduced by Sir
Arthur Sullivan into "The Yeomen of the Guard"; he, I believe, heard
it sung by a sailor. His melody bears a certain relationship to ours.
The song requires to be sung by at least two persons, a questioner
and the responder.


79. COUNTRY DANCE. This dance tune, called "The Mallard," because
of some silly words that go to it relative to the gobbling up of a
mallard. It begins--

     "Oh, what have I ate, and what have I ate?
     I have eaten the toe of a mallard.
           Toe and toe, nevins and all,
     And I have been to ballery allery,
     And so good meat was the mallard."

The singer proceeds to eat the foot, then the leg, the thigh, the
rump, the wing, the back, the breast, the neck, the head; and then
the dance was concluded. A Breton version in Luzel, p. 80. I have
written fresh words to the tune.

This tune is in the Dorian mode. As sung by J. Masters, the E was
sharpened in the 3rd bar but flattened on the repetition of the
same phase in the penultimate bar. Mr. Sheppard, when arranging
the song, flattened the E throughout. It must be one thing or the
other. Flattened throughout, it makes a charming melody, but the last
flattened E was probably due to the singer's memory failing him in
the latter part of the air, but serving him at the beginning of the
tune. Mr. Sharp has accordingly retained the E natural throughout.
The opening phrase is similar to the Plain-Song Easter Carol, "_O
Filii et Filiæ_." This was a melody used in French folk-song for the
welcoming in of spring. In fact, a May song. It forced its way into
the service of the Church, and was adopted and used for the Easter
Sequence. See Tiersot, _op. cit._, pp. 361, 391. It is certainly
curious finding the same in Devonshire folk-music. Neither Mr.
Sheppard nor I observed it; it was pointed out by Mr. Sharp.


80. CONSTANT JOHNNY. Words and melody taken down from Roger Luxton.
It was a dialogue, and so Mr. Sheppard had arranged it. Such lover
dialogues are and were very commonly sung in farmhouses. Ravenscroft
gives one in broad Devonshire in his "Brief Discourse," 1614,
entitled, "Hodge Trellindle and his Zweethart Malkyn." Our ballad
seems to be based on "Doubtful Robin and Constant Nanny," _circ._
1680, in the "Roxburgh Ballads."

These dialogue songs between a lover and his lass were very popular.
Addison, in _The Guardian_ of 1713, gives snatches of a West Country
ballad of this kind, and shows how vastly superior it is to the
pastorals of Dresden china shepherds and shepherdesses of Pope and
Philips.


81. THE DUKE'S HUNT. Words and melody taken from James Olver, again
at Stoke Gabriel, again at Mary Tavy, again at Menheniot. This is a
mere cento from a long ballad, entitled "The Fox Chase," narrating a
hunt by Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham, in the reign of Charles
II. It is in the Roxburgh Collection, and was printed by W. Oury,
_circ._ 1650. The ballad is there said to be sung "to an excellent
tune, much in request." We suspect that the melody we give is the
original tune handed down traditionally, and never before published.
Mr. Sharp has noted down the same song and melody from a singer at
East Harptree, Somerset.


82. THE BELL RINGING. Words and air from William George Kerswell, Two
Bridges, Dartmoor; sung also by James Down, blacksmith, Broadwood
Widger. Broadbury Down is the highest ridge of land between Dartmoor
and the Atlantic.


83. A NUTTING WE WILL GO. Taken down from J. Gerrard, an old man,
nearly blind, at Cullyhole, near Chagford, from Robert Hard, and
again at Menheniot, and also from James Parsons. Bunting, in his
"Irish Melodies," 1840, gives the same tune to a fragment of the same
words, and says that he took it down in 1792 from Duncan, a harper.
Duncan remembered a portion of a tune he had heard, perhaps, from
English soldiers, and eked it out with some other tune. Then came
S. Lover, and he took this air from Bunting, and wrote to it "The
Lowbacked Car." But the original melody is found, not only in Devon
and Cornwall, but also in the North, and Mr. Kidson gives it in his
"Traditional Tunes," as "With Henry Hunt we'll go," a song sung in
Manchester in connection with the arrest of Hunt in 1819. To the same
air was set "The Plains of Waterloo." "The Lowbacked Car" has become
popular through its words, and the inartistic quality of a patchwork
tune has been forgiven for their sake.

The words "The Nutgirl" occur on Broadsides by Fortey, Such, etc.
See Ballads collected by Crampton, B.M. (11,621, h), and (1875, b
19); but these are without the chorus. The printed Broadside has lost
somewhat. For Gerard's--

     "His voice rang out so clear and stout,
     It made the horse-bells ring,"

it gives--

     "His voice was so melodious,
     It made the valleys ring."

The Broadside ballad consists of fourteen verses, and is very gross.
I have had to considerably tone down the words.

An earlier Broadside by Pitts has the chorus.

The same air was employed for the ballads, "In January last, on
Monday at Morn," for "The Brags of Washington," 1775, for "Calder
Fair," and "To Rodney we will go." It is given in the third edition
of "Scotch, Irish, and Foreign Airs," Glasgow, 1788.

A version is in _Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 127, as taken down in
Sussex. This version begins--

     "And as this brisk young farmer was ploughing up his land,
     He called to his horses and bade them gently stand.
     He sat himself down a song to begin,
     His voice was so melodious, made the valleys to ring.
     And as this brisk young damsel was nutting in the wood,
     His voice was so melodious, it charmed her as she stood;
     She had no longer power in that lonely wood to stay,
     And what few nuts she'd got, poor girl, she threw them all away."


84. DOWN BY A RIVER SIDE. Taken down from the singing of James
Townsend, Holne. He had learned it from his grandfather, who had been
parish clerk of Holne for fifty years and died in 1883, over eighty
years old. A version, recovered in Surrey, is given in the _Folk-Song
Journal_, vol. i. p. 204.


85. THE BARLEY RAKINGS. Taken down from Roger Hannaford, Lower
Widdecombe, Dartmoor. The words exist in Broadside versions by Such,
Bingham of Lincoln, Robertson of Wigton, etc. Such's version consists
of six verses, the others of four. Hannaford's verses 2 and 3 were
unlike those of Bingham and Robertson, but resembled 3 and 4 of Such.
He had not 2 and 6 of Such. He had a curious line in verse 2: "They
had a mind to _style_ and play" (the Anglo-Saxon _styllan_, to leap
or dance), not found in the printed copies. As none of these versions
would be tolerable to polite ears, Mr. Sheppard has modified the
words considerably. The melody to which "Barley Rakings" is sung in
other parts of England is wholly different. Ours is probably an early
dance tune, originally in the Mixolydian Mode, which has undergone
modification in oral transmission.


86. A SHIP CAME SAILING OVER THE SEA. This curious song was obtained
by the late Rev. S.M. Walker of Saint Enoder, Cornwall, from a
very old man in his parish, and it was sent me by Miss Octavia L.
Hoare. We heard the same from old Sally Satterley at Huckaby Bridge,
Dartmoor. She was the daughter of an old crippled singing man on the
moor. I have told the story of the way in which she as a young bride
with her husband took possession of a house built all in one day, in
my Dartmoor Idylls, "Jolly Lane Cott." Sally is now dead, and her
house has been rebuilt and vulgarised. One verse, running--

     "I put my finger into the bush
       Thinking the sweetest rose to find,
     I prickt my finger to the bone,
       And yet I left the rose behind,"

is found in "The Distressed Virgin," a ballad by Martin Parker,
printed by J. Coles, 1646-74. Parker seems to have taken the lines
into his ballad from one previously existing. Two of the stanzas,
3 and 6, occur in the Scottish song, "Wally, wally up the Bank,"
in "Orpheus Caledonicus," 1733, No. 34; the stanzas 4 and 5 in the
song in "The Scot's Musical Museum," 1787-1803, vi. p. 582. In "The
Wandering Lover's Garland," _circ._ 1730, are two of the verses
worked into another ballad.

We took down the song a third time from William Nichols of
Whitchurch, near Tavistock. It was a song of his grandmother's, who
seventy years ago was hostess of the village inn.


87. THE RAMBLING SAILOR. Words and music from Roger Hannaford. A
hornpipe tune. There are several versions of this on Broadsides.
Originally the song was "The Rambling Soldier," and so appears at
the middle and latter end of the 18th century. Then some poetaster
of Catnach's re-wrote it as "The Rambling Sailor," destroying all
the point and wit of the original, which wit and point were not very
choice. But as in the West, the ditty is set to a hornpipe tune, we
have retained the song as one of a sailor, only modifying the words
where objectionable. The earliest copy of "The Rambling Soldier"
that I have seen was in the possession of Dr. Barrett; a later copy,
_circ._ 1820, by Whiting of Birmingham, Ballads, B.M. (1876, c 2).
"The Rambling Sailor," by Disley, _circ._ 1830, in Ballads collected
by Crampton, B.M. (11,621), vol. viii.

Mr. Sharp has taken this song and air down in N. Devon and Somerset
four or five times, in every case with a flattened 7th in the
Mixolydian mode. Our version is clearly a modernised edition of the
older tune.


88. WILLIE COMBE. This ballad is known throughout the length and
breadth of Cornwall, but it is sometimes mixed up with another, "The
Alternon Volunteer." We have taken it down at least a score of times.
Some of those from whom we have had it are Thomas Morris, parish
clerk of Fowey; J. Libby, coachman at Tredethy, Bodmin; Anthony
Pascoe, Liskeard; and Anne Painter, East Looe.

The incident referred to in the ballad is the accidental shooting of
William Combe or Coome of St. Agnes, at the Revel or Village Feast at
Crantock in 1721. In the parish register at this date is the entry:
"William Coome of St. Agnes, a youth about 20 years of age, who att
the ffeast att this Parish rec'd his death of a shot; buried May
17."

Crantock Feast is on May 16.

There are a good many more verses in the original than are here
given. They have no poetic merit; and the tune is not very original,
but has a certain plaintive sweetness.


89. MIDSUMMER CAROL. Words and tune from William Aggett of Chagford.
A very early and curious melody of the same date as the "May Day
Carol," No. 47; and the words belong to a similar custom. Compare
with this "Lemonday" in our "Garland of Country Songs." Originally
doubtless an Æolian, perhaps a Dorian tune, that has been corrupted
and modernised.


90. THE BLACKBIRD. The melody and words taken down from James Parson,
Roger Hannaford, and John Voysey, labourer, Lew Down.

I re-wrote the ballad for the first edition, but in this I have
restored the original words, only slightly modifying them.

A Broadside version has nine stanzas, and ends--

     "So here's a health to the bird in the bush,
     Likewise to the linnet and thrush;
     For birds of a feather will all flock together,
     Let their parents say little or much."

The same ballad in Lyle's Collection, 1827, "From Recollection; air
plaintive and pastoral." A Broadside version of this ballad in nine
stanzas by Williamson of Newcastle. Song and air are given also in
Kidson's "Traditional Tunes," 1891, as taken down in Yorkshire; but
that version of the melody is inferior to ours. A Welsh version of
the tune comes nearer to ours.


91. THE GREEN BED. Taken down from J. Masters. We heard "The
Outlandish Knight" sung to the same melody by Richard Gregory on
Dartmoor. "The Green Bed" exists as a Broadside ballad in six double
verses. Mr. Sheppard has re-written the ballad, and has condensed
the story. The air somewhat resembles "The Girl I left behind me."
See "Philander's Garland," _circ._ 1780, B.M. (11,621, c 4). See
_Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 48.


92. THE LOYAL LOVER. Words and air from Sally Satterley, Huckaby
Bridge, again from Anne Roberts, Scobbetor, Widdecombe. The words
exist in part in "Collin and Phoebe's Garland," B.M. (11,621, c
5). But this has two verses only. See also _The Lover's Magazine_,
London, 1740, B.M. (11,621, c 26). This air has been harmonised in
the Dorian mode, though as the 6th of the scale is absent, it might
have been treated as an Æolian tune.


93. THE STREAMS OF NANTSIAN. Properly "The Streams of Lovely Nancy."
Taken down by Miss Templer from the singing of harvesters in 1834;
also by us from Matthew Ford, Menheniot; Matthew Baker, Lew Down; and
James Oliver, Launceston. Matthew Baker said that he learned it, when
aged ten, in 1827.

The ballad was printed by Keys of Devonport, _circ._ 1830, with four
verses, of which verse 3 was an importation from another ballad. In
other Broadside versions, the short original, consisting of four
verses only, has been swelled out with scraps from other ballads to
fill available space. Broadsides by Catnach, Whiting of Birmingham,
etc.


94. THE DRUNKEN MAIDENS. Taken down from Edmund Fry, Lydford. This
old ballad is found in "Charming Phillis' Garland," _circ._ 1710. It
is in a Broadside by Crashaw of York, reprinted in Logan's "Pedlar's
Pack," 1869, p. 241. The last verse has had to be modified.

A Breton version, "Merc'hed Caudan," is given by Luzel, ii. 142.


95. TOBACCO IS AN INDIAN WEED. This old and famous song was written,
it is thought, by George Withers, as Mr. Collier found a copy of it
in MS. of the date of James I., with his initials to it. It is found
in "Merry Drollery Complete," 1670, and on a Broadside dated 1672. We
give the tune to which it is sung around Dartmoor and in Cornwall;
this is entirely distinct from that to which it is sung elsewhere, as
printed by Chappell, ii. p. 564, which is the air given by D'Urfey in
his "Pills to Purge Melancholy," 1719, iii. 292. A Somerset version
was sung at the Folk-Song Competition at Frome, 1904. Snatches of the
song are given in "Handy Andy," so that we may assume that it is also
well known among the Irish peasantry; another instance of the way in
which English songs have travelled into Ireland. We took down our
tune from John Potter, Merripit, Postbridge, and from Anne Roberts,
Scobbetor, and H. Westaway, Belstone; also one obtained from an old
man at Newton Abbot, sent to me.

In the original ballad, reprinted in Bell's "Songs and Ballads of the
English Peasantry," there are many more stanzas than we can give here.


96. FAIR SUSAN SLUMBERED. Music taken down from George Cole,
quarryman, Rundlestone, Dartmoor. The words were so utterly worthless
that Mr. Sheppard wrote a fresh copy of verses to the melody. Cole's
first verses ran--

     "In yonder grove sat a lovely creature,
       Who she is, I do not know;
     But I'll go court her for her feature,
       Whether she'll answer me Yes or No!

     "O maiden I am come a-courting
       If your favour I can gain;
     If that you will but entertain me,
       Then I'm sure I'll call again."

The original words are to be found in "The Vocal Library," London,
1822, No. 1,421: "As a Fair Maid walked."


97. THE FALSE BRIDE. Words and music taken down from old Sally
Satterley.

The earliest copy in print with which I am acquainted is in "The New
Pantheon Concert," 1773, B.M. (11,621, e 6). A re-writing of the
theme is on a Broadside by Such, "When I heard he was married I stood
not alone"; it is No. 592. See also a "Collection of Old Ballads," in
the B.M., vol. i. p. 490, "The Forlorn Lover."

Mr. C. Sharp has obtained a fine air to the same words, and has
published it in "Folk-Songs from Somerset," No. 20.


98. BARLEY STRAW. Taken down from the singing of Mr. G.H. Hurell,
the blind organist at Chagford, as he heard it sung by a carpenter,
William Beare, in 1875. The words were very coarse, consequently
Mr. Sheppard re-wrote the song. The air was used by A.S. Rich,
without its most characteristic passages, for Hunneman's comic "Old
King Cole," pub. _circ._ 1830. Much the same tune is in Akerman's
"Wiltshire Tales," 1853, as a Wiltshire Harvest Home, p. 132.
Harmonised in the Æolian mode, though the seventh of the scale is
absent.


99. DEATH AND THE LADY. This was first sent to me by Captain Hall
Munro, of Ingesdon House, Newton Abbot, as sung by an old man there.
Subsequently we obtained the same from Roger Hannaford. This is quite
different from the "Dialogue of Death and the Lady," found in black
letter Broadsides, and given by Bell in his "Songs of the English
Peasantry," p. 32. The tune to this latter is given by Chappell,
i. p. 167. In Carey's "Musical Century," 1738, is given the air of
"Death and the Lady" as "an old tune." But this melody and ours have
nothing in common.

What is the signification of "branchey tree" in connection with
Death, I am at a loss to say. "Death and the Lady" was one of the
ballads sung by Farmer Williams in "The Vicar of Wakefield."


100. BOTH SEXES GIVE EAR TO MY FANCY. This old song is a favourite
with the peasantry throughout England. The words are printed in
Bell's "Songs of the English Peasantry," p. 231. He says, "We have
had considerable trouble in procuring a copy of the old song, which
used, in former days, to be very popular with aged people resident
in the North of England. It has been long out of print, and handed
down traditionally. By the kindness of Mr. S. Swindells, printer,
Manchester, we have been favoured with an ancient printed copy." In
the original the song consists of ten verses. The earliest copy of
it that I know is in "The Lady's Evening Book of Pleasure," about
1740. It will be found in a collection of garlands made by Mr. J.
Bell about 1812, and called by him "The Eleemosynary Emporium." It
is in the British Museum. The air is found in "Vocal Music, or the
Songster's Companion," 2nd ed., 1772, to the song, "Farewell, Ye
Green Fields and Sweet Groves," p. 92. It was taken into "The Tragedy
of Tragedies, or Tom Thumb," 1734, as the air to "In Hurry, Posthaste
for a Licence," and was attributed to Dr. Arne. In "Die Familie
Mendelssohn," vol. ii., is a scrap of music written down by Felix
Mendelssohn, dated Leipzig, 16th August 1840, which is identical with
the first few bars of this melody. But the earliest form of the air
is in J.S. Bach's "Comic Cantata," where a peasant sings it.

We took the song down from John Rickards, Lamerton, and again from
J. Benney, Menheniot. Mr. Kidson prints a Yorkshire version in his
"Traditional Tunes," 1891. Miss L. Broadwood has noted it down from
the singing of a baker at Cuckfield, Sussex. Dr. Barrett gives our
melody to "The Gallant Hussar," No. 13. We have also taken it down to
this ballad; so has Mr. Sharp in Somerset.


101. I RODE MY LITTLE HORSE. Words and music from Edmund Fry,
Lydford, and again from John Bennett, a labourer at Chagford, and
from John Hunt, a shepherd, Postbridge.

Compare with this the ballad in d'Urfey's "Pills to Purge
Melancholy," named "Jolly Roger Twangdillo," 1719, i. p. 19. A
Broadside copy of the ballad exists, printed by Jennings, of
Waterlane, London, _circ._ 1790.

The same theme is used in a ballad in the Pepysian Collection. See
Ebsworth, "Roxburgh Ballads," vii. 231. Each verse ends--

"I vow I will marry, but I know not when."


102. AMONG THE NEW-MOWN HAY. Bell, in his "Ballads and Songs of the
Peasantry," p. 223, gives this song. He says that it is "a village
version of an incident which occurred in the Cecil family." Tennyson
composed his "Lord of Burleigh" on the same topic. So did Moore his
song, "You remember Helen, the hamlet's pride." But it may well be
questioned whether either of these compositions comes up to the grace
of the little "village version" of the tale.

The ballad, however, is probably earlier than the Cecil marriage, and
refers to some other legendary mésalliance. Henry Cecil, afterwards
Earl and still later first Marquis of Exeter, saw, loved, and
married a farmer's daughter named Sarah Hoggins, at Bolas Magna in
Staffordshire, in 1790, he under the assumed name of John Jones. She
was then aged seventeen, and he aged thirty-seven. Moreover, he was
married at the time to Miss Vernon, a Worcestershire lady, to whom
he had been united in 1776. In 1791, Henry Cecil obtained a divorce
from his wife, Emma Vernon, and then was married in his proper name
to Sarah Hoggins, at St. Mildred's, Bread Street, in the City of
London. Not fully six years later the "Cottage Countess" died; and
after three years the widower espoused a divorcée, sometime wife of
the eighth Duke of Hamilton. Happily no question as to the legitimacy
of the children arose. Henry, the eldest, was not born till 1793. He
died the same year; but his brother, Brownlow, born two years later,
lived to succeed his father in 1804.

These plain facts take away most of the romance of the story of
the "Cottage Countess." Moreover, Henry Cecil did not meet his
Sarah among the new-mown hay. He arrived at Bolas in a chaise in a
snow-storm, late in November 1788, and was lodged for a few nights in
the farm. There he saw Sarah, who with friends was dancing. She was
then only fifteen and a half years old. Cecil left, but returned in
eighteen months and married her, as already said, under an assumed
name, and before he was quit of his first wife. The whole story has
been told in _Chambers's Edinburgh Journal_, part 60 (sixth series),
December 1, 1902.

Melody taken down from James Dingle, Coryton.


103. I'LL BUILD MYSELF A GALLANT SHIP. The words are a cento from
a long ballad. The complete song was taken down from J. Watts,
quarryman, Thrushleton. The entire ballad is in Logan's "Pedlar's
Pack," p. 23. There are several Broadside versions. A Scottish
version in Herd, "Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs," 1776, ii. p.
2. The air to which this is sung in Scotland is that to which Burns
composed "Of a' the airts the wind can blaw." Joyce gives an Irish
version in his "Ancient Irish Music," No. 68. Besides Watts' ballad,
we had the fragment we give to the same air from Richard Cleave,
since dead, at the "Forest Inn," Huckaby Bridge. Never shall I forget
the occasion. Mr. Bussell and I drove across Dartmoor in winter in
a furious gale of wind and rain to Huckaby in quest of an old man
who, we had been informed, was a singer. We found the fellow, but he
yielded nothing, and our long journey would have been fruitless, had
we not caught Richard Cleave and obtained from him this air, which
drive cost me a bronchitis attack that held me a prisoner for six
weeks.

The song is given under the title "The Lowlands of Holland," in the
_Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 97, as taken down in Sussex.


104. COLLY MY COW. This is a portion of an old ballad in the Roxburgh
Collection, ed. Chappell, iii. p. 601--

     "Little Tom Dogget, what doest thou mean,
     To kill thy poor Colly now she's so lean?
     Sing oh! poor Colly, Colly my cow;
     For Colly will give me no more milk now.
     Pruh high, pruh hoe, pruh high, pruh hoe,
     Pruh, pruh, pruh, pruh, pruh, pruh, pruh, tal-dal daw."

Printed by T. Passinger (1670-86) at the Seven Stars on London
Bridge. The ballad is also found in the Rawlinson Collection and
elsewhere. It was afterwards sung in a shortened form at the concerts
in Marylebone Gardens, and is printed in "The Marylebone Concert,"
N.D.

In the heading to the old ballad we have--

     "A country swain of little wit, one day
     Did kill his cow, because she went astray."

But it is probable that the song originally turned on a different
theme. On the 9th September 1605, a man was killed by a Protestant
in the Rue de la Harpe, at Paris, for singing the song "De Colas."
This song was composed by a seditious faction, with the intent of
provoking the Huguenots, upon the subject of a cow which had walked
into one of their conventicles during the performance of divine
service. The cow, which belonged to a poor peasant named Colas, was
killed by the Huguenots for her sacrilegious act. Thereupon the
Catholics made a collection in every town and village in France to
raise a sum for the indemnification of Colas. The day after the
murder the singing of the song of "Colas his Cow," was forbidden
under the penalty of the gallows, and it was even dangerous for
anyone to hum the tune in the street ("Concert Room Anecdotes," 1825,
ii. p. 230). The song must have been brought to England and adapted
to English words after the Restoration, and as the story of the
occasion of the killing of the cow was forgotten, it was altered. The
tune is very old, and we had it from an aged woman at Kingsweare,
who sang "The Abbot of Canterbury" to it. But this has its own tune,
given by Chappell, i. p. 348. I have added the final verse.


105. WITHIN A GARDEN. Taken down from Harry Smith, Two Bridges,
Dartmoor. The original words were so poor, and so closely resembled
those of "The Broken Token" (No. 44), that Mr. Shepherd wrote fresh
words. The original began--

     "A fair maid walking in her garden,
       A brisk young sailor came passing by;
     And he stepped up to her, thinking to woo her,
       And said, 'Fair maid, can you fancy I?'

     "'You seem to talk like some man of honour,
       Some man of honour, you seem to be;
     How can you fancy such a poor young woman,
       Not fit your servant for to be?'"

The ballad is published by Such as "The Young and Single Sailor," No.
126. It is also in "The Vocal Library," London, 1822, p. 525. It was
printed on Broadside by Catnach as "The Sailor's Return." We obtained
it again from James Parsons.


106. THE BONNY BIRD. Always sung as "My Bonny Boy." It is the
companion song to the "Jolly Goss Hawk" (No. 71). Words and melody
from Mary Langworthy, Stoke Fleming. We have taken this down from two
other singers, but not to the same tune; one J. Doidge, of Chillaton,
gave us an air characteristic and good. Miss Broadwood has the song
in her "County Songs," pp. 146-7, but to a different melody.

In all the versions taken down from oral recitation, the word is Boy
and not Bird, but _Bird_ is the original word. The ballad was printed
by J. Coles, 1646-74, and by W. Thackeray, 1660-1680, and is in the
Douce Collection of early Broadsides in the Bodleian Library; also in
the Pepysian Collection, and is printed by Ebsworth in the Roxburgh
Ballads, viii. p. 359.

It was originally sung to "Cupid's Trepan," also called "Up the Green
Forest," and "Bonny, Bonny Bird." This air is given by Chappell, ii.
p. 557, but this differs from our tune entirely, as also from that
given by Miss Broadwood. The ballad has not, as yet, been traced
earlier than the reign of Charles II. It begins--

     "Once I did love a bonny brave bird,
       And thought he had been all my own;
     But he loved another far better than me,
       And has taken his flight and is flown,
           Bonny Boys,
       And has taken his flight and is flown.

     "Up the green forest, and down the green forest,
       Like one distracted in mind,
     I hoopt and I hoopt, and I flung up my hood,
       But my bonny bird I could not find."

A later version is found, _circ._ 1780, in Single Sheet Broadsides,
in the British Museum (11,621).

"Cupid's Trepan or Up the Green Forest" was priced in Russell Smith's
Catalogue at £1, 11s. 6d.


107. THE LADY AND APPRENTICE. Taken down twice, the tune here given
is that sung with these words by Samuel Fone. We got the melody
also from Sally Satterley, but with her the words were in confusion.
The ballad runs on the same lines, and is almost identical with "The
Lady who fell in love with a 'Prentice Boy," printed as a Broadside
by Pitts, 1790-1810; also by Harkness of Preston. A copy in the
British Museum (1876, d). This ballad begins like that of "Cupid's
Garden," which is well known. But the ballad is a mere cooking up by
a balladmonger of the earlier theme, and very badly done.

The melody is actually the same as that of "Love's Tale" in our
"Garland of Country Song."


108. PAUL JONES. Taken down from a good many singers on and around
Dartmoor. The melody is in the Mixolydian mode, and is very early and
rugged, far older than the period of Paul Jones himself. Mr. C. Sharp
says: "In my opinion the tune should perhaps never be harmonised at
all. The whole air is cast in the chord of the dominant 7th, and, in
the opinion of most authorities, this chord should end the song; but
in view of the popular preference for a concord rather than a discord
as the concluding harmony, I have ended with the usual cadence."

Paul Jones was the terror of our coasts; he was born near
Kirkcudbright in 1747. His real name was John Paul. When the rupture
took place between Great Britain and America, he enlisted under the
Revolutionary flag, and assumed the name of Paul Jones. His daring
disposition, and his knowledge of the British coast, pointed him out
as a fitting leader in marauding schemes. Towards the end of 1777
he was actively employed, as commander, in fitting out the _Ranger_
privateer, mounting eighteen guns, and manned with a crew of 150 men.
We have not the space for narrating his daring exploits; his life has
often been written, and a good notice of him will be found in the
"Dictionary of National Biography." The fight described in the ballad
took place on September 23, 1779. The body of Paul Jones was removed
from Paris, where he died, to America in 1905.

The ballad is found on Broadsides. It is given by Logan in his
"Pedlar's Pack," p. 32. Dr. Barrett, in his "English Folk-Songs," No.
33, has the ballad to the tune we have given here to "The Bonny Blue
Kerchief," to which Paul Jones is quite unsuited.


109. THE MERRY HAYMAKERS. This quaint carol-like song was taken down
from John Woodrich, who learned it, about 1850, and he says that it
was his father's favourite song, also from James Parsons. Neither
knew the words in their entirety, but they may be found in "West
Country Garlands," B.M. (11,621, b 11), and among the Broadsheets of
Pitts, about the beginning of the nineteenth century, beginning "In
the merry month of June." The words also in Bell's "Ballads of the
English Peasantry," p. 171. Dr. Brushfield of Budleigh Salterton has
kindly sent me a MS. copy of the end of the seventeenth century or
early in the eighteenth. The words, however, did not fit the tune
comfortably, and I was constrained to re-write the song.

"The Merry Haymakers" is in D'Urfey's "Pills," and as a Broadside
printed by C.B. (Bates), 1695, was priced in Russell Smith's
Catalogue, 1850, at three guineas.


110. IN BIBBERLY TOWN. The air taken down from John Bennett,
Chagford. In Broadsides the place is "Beverley Town," and is entitled
"The Beverley Maid and the Tinker," printed by Catnach, B.M. (1876,
c 2); as "The Tinker's Frolic," in a Garland in the British Museum,
printed by Swindells, Manchester (11,621, b 14); as "The Tinker and
Chambermaid," a Broadside by Harkness, Preston (1876, d). It begins--

     "In Beverley Town a maid did dwell,
     A buxom lass, I knew her well.
     Her age it was just twenty-two,
     And for a man she had in view."

It is a coarse ballad, and Mr. Sheppard re-wrote it. The first phrase
in the melody is apparently a modernised edition of an older one. The
rest of the air is ancient, and in the Mixolydian mode.


111. THE MARIGOLD. This ballad was first taken down by Davies Gilbert
in 1830 from an old man named John Hockin, in his eighty-sixth
year, at St. Erth, Cornwall. The melody, which is very early, was,
curiously enough, used by William Aggett for Hook's song, "On board
the ninety-eight." Hook was born in 1746, and the melody is probably
two centuries earlier than his time. There was another Bristol
ballad, "The Honour of Bristol, showing how the Angel Gabriel of
Bristol fought with three Spanish Ships, who boarded us Seven times,
wherein we cleared our Decks, and killed Five hundred of their men,
and wounded many more, and made them flye into Cales when we lost but
three men, to the Honour of the Angel Gabriel of Bristol," priced in
Russell Smith's Catalogue at £2, 12s. 6d.

We have taken down the ballad, "Come all ye worthy Christian men,"
to this melody, which is in the Dorian mode. A fragment of this
latter ballad is given in _Folk-Song Journal_, vol. i. p. 74, taken
down in Sussex, in five verses. We have had it twice: once from J.
Dingle, Coryton, and once as learned in 1820 by George Radford, from
a blind fiddler at Washfield, near Tiverton, and "pricked down" by
H. Pinkney, gardener, Washfield. Mr. Sharp has also met with it in
Rackenford, N. Devon. The air in Sussex is not the same.

In "Hakluyt's Voyages," vol. iii. (1600), is an account of "The
Voyage of the ship called the Marigold of Mr. Hill of Redrife unto
Cape Breton and beyond, to the latitude of 44 degrees and a half,
1593, written by Rd. Fisher, Master Hille's man of Redriffe."

So also Hakluyt mentions "the Marigold 70 tunnes in burthen,
furnished with 20 men, whereof ten were mariners," which is stated
to have "departed out of Falmouth, the 1st June, 1593," commanded
by Richard Strong, "bound for an island within the straights of S.
Peter on the backe side of Newfoundland to the S.W. in the lat. of 47
degrees."

In Latimer's 17th century "Annals of Bristol" is mention made of a
ship "The Marigold," under the date 1627-8, of seventy tons, owned by
Mr. Ellis. It was granted letters of marque to prey upon the enemy's
commerce; but no mention is made of Sir Thomas Merrifield. The
_Redrife_ above is Redcliffe, Bristol. Bristol was spelled _Bristow_
in maps of the city published in 1568 and 1610, but in one of 1671 it
is spelled Bristoll.

I have been unable to find Sir Thomas Merrifield in any lists of
knights; but before the reign of James I. no official record of
knights was kept.


112. ARTHUR LE BRIDE. Taken down from Sam Fone, Mary Tavy, by Mr.
Bussell, in 1892. Sam told us that this was his father's favourite
song. He had learned it from his father when he was quite a child,
for the elder Fone deserted his family, and was never heard of again.
But one day Sam, when aged eighteen, saw a workman standing at a
cottage door, talking to someone within, and he had his hand against
the door-post, clutching it as he leaned forward. Sam exclaimed:
"That's my father's hand!" The man turned about, and without showing
his face, walked away. When Sam came from his work in the evening he
made enquiries, and ascertained that a stranger had been lodging in
the cottage for a few nights, but was gone. He asked the woman of the
house about her lodger. "Well," said she, "I don't know his name, nor
nothing about him. But he asked me for a tallow candle, and melted it
up into his boots." "That was my father. It was a trick of his," said
Sam, promptly. And that was the last ever seen of the man.

There was one more verse in the original, omitted to reduce the
lengthy ballad to singable proportions.


113. THE KEEPER. This song was taken down from Peter Sandry, St.
Ervan's. He had a bad cold, and could not reach the upper notes. But
we got the same tune from Mr. Jas. Ellis, Chaddlehanger, Lamerton,
and also from Miss Templer, from the singing of harvesters in 1834;
but in both these latter cases to the words of "Green Broom." A copy
of the ballad will be found in a "Garland," B.M., 11,621, c 3; but
this has a chorus to it--

     "Jack my master, sing you well,
     Very well, with my derry down,
         With my Down, down, down."

I have been compelled to re-write most of the song, which in the
original is very gross. It is certainly an ancient composition.


114. THE QUEEN OF HEARTS. Sung by a workman engaged on the Burrow-Tor
reservoir at Sheepstor, the water supply for Plymouth, 1894. A quaint
little song. It has been printed on Broadside by Bachelar, B.M., in
vol. vi. p. 110, of several volumes of Broadsides I gave to the B.M.
This begins--

     "O my poor heart, my poor heart is breaking
     For a false young man, or I am mistaking:
     He is gone to Ireland, for a long time to tarry,
     Some Irish girl I am afraid he will marry."

This is obviously an addition to fill out space in the Broadside. The
ballad has a flavour of the period of Charles II.


115. THE OWL. This song occurs in part in King Henry VIII.'s
music-book, "Deuteromelia," published in 1609. It was set by Mr.
Freeman as a glee in "The Essex Harmony," vol. i. 1767, p. 8. In
Beaumont and Fletcher's play, "The Knight of the Burning Pestle,"
1635, Old Merrythought trolls out snatches of songs, and amongst
others--

     "Nose, nose, jolly red nose,
     And who gave thee this jolly red nose?
     Cinnamon, ginger, nutmegs, and cloves,
     And they gave me this jolly red nose."

Mr. Bussell noted down the melody from James Olver, tanner of
Launceston, in 1889. Of the words, Olver could not recall the line
that follows

     "And all the day long the Owl is asleep,"

and I have had to supply what lacked.

I give this song because it is interesting to note the changes that
the air has undergone since it was performed as a Three Man's song
before King Henry VIII. It will be noticed that Olver has not got all
that portion of the song beginning "To whom drink'st thou." Chappell
has given "Of all the Birds," in i. p. 75. On the other hand, in
"Deuteromelia," only the first verse is given; Olver had three. A
re-writing of the song "Of all the Birds on Bush or Tree" in "The
Thrush," London, 1830, has two stanzas. The second concerns the lark.


116. MY MOTHER DID SO BEFORE ME. This song is based on the old
English ditty "My Father was Born before Me," as may be seen at once
by comparing the first few lines--

     "I am a lusty, lively lad
       Now come to one and twenty,
     My father left me all he had,
       Both gold and silver plenty.

     "Now he's in grave, I will be brave,
       The ladies shall adore me,
     I'll court and kiss, what hurt's in this?
       My father did so before me."

The first appearance of this ballad is in Thomas Jordan's "London
Triumphant," 1672. It was taken by D'Urfey into his "Pills to Purge
Melancholy," vol. i., 1699 and 1707. The air appears in the "Dancing
Master" as "Jamaca," 4th edition, 1670, and in those subsequent.

The tune we give was taken down to the song from S. Fone by Mr.
Sheppard in 1895.

"My Mother did so before Me" occurs without music in "The
Nightingale," a song-book published in Edinburgh, 1776, and is given
by Logan in his "Pedlar's Pack," 1869, from a chap-book of 1804. It
occurs also on a Broadside by Pitts of Seven Dials. It is also in
"The Quaver," Lond. 1831. The tune we have taken down is certainly
based on the early air as given in the "Dancing Master." It is in
Chappell, ii. p. 446.


117. A WEEK'S WORK WELL DONE. This popular song, relished by married
men, was taken down from Richard Hard a little over a month before
he died. In the original it is much longer. There are in all eleven
verses. The first four are concerned with the happiness of the man
previous to his marriage. But I find that most singers begin with the
fifth verse.

The ballad is found in "West Country Garlands," date _circ._ 1760,
B.M., 1161, b 11.

It actually begins thus--

     "O when that I was a bachelor brave,
     Enjoying of all that my soul could have;
     My silver and guineas I then let fly,
     I cock'd my beaver, and, who but I?

     "I roved about, and I roved awhile,
     Till all the ladies did on me smile;
     From noble lady to country Joan,
     Both gentle and simple, were all mine own.

     "My rapier it was a Bilboa blade,
     My coat and waistcoat were overlaid
     With silver spangles, so neat and gay,
     As I were a king in some country play.

     "Besides, I had such a flattering tongue,
     The ladies laughed whene'er I sung;
     I had a voice so sweet and fine
     That every lady's heart was mine."


118. THE OLD MAN CAN'T KEEP HIS WIFE AT HOME. The curious rugged
melody was taken down from a very old fiddler named William Andrews,
at Sheepstor, by Mr. Bussell. The old fellow did not recall all the
words, but remembered the story. According to his account this was a
dance tune to which the performers sang in accompaniment to the music
and tramp of feet.

I have had to re-compose the ballad from the fragment and the story.
It bears a family resemblance to "The Old Couple" given in "The
Garland of Country Song," p. 100. In the story the old man locks his
wife out. She threatens to drown herself, and throws a stone into
the well. The old man, when he hears the splash, descends, opens
the door, and goes forth to see whether his wife really has drowned
herself. At once she slips in at the open door and locks him out. The
story is very ancient. It occurred in the lost Sanscrit book of tales
of which Persian and Arabic and Turkish versions exist, and which
filtered into Europe through Greek and Latin and Hebrew translations.
This story came into Dolopathos and the Seven Wise Masters. The
French and Latin versions were made in the 13th century. But the
story had already got to Europe through the converted Jew, Peter
Alphonsus, who inserted it in his "Disciplina Clericalis," written
in 1062. From this it got into some of the versions of the "Gesta
Romanorum," and finally into Boccaccio's "Decameron," seventh day,
tale 4.

To give the whole story in ballad form would have made the ballad too
long; I have therefore reduced it to three verses, and have given it,
from the man's point of view, a happier termination.

The tune is clearly a bagpipe air with drone.


119. SWEET, FAREWELL. Taken down from Samuel Fone, of Mary Tavy, in
1889, the music noted by Mr. Bussell. Fone had forgotten the two last
lines of verse 1 and the two first of verse 2. The air is pleasant,
but the words are naught.


120. OLD ADAM, THE POACHER. This curious melody was taken down by
Mr. Bussell from the fiddling of William Andrews, Sheepstor. We saw
the old man a little over a year before his death. He brought out
and lent us a collection of MS. violin tunes, but all of these were
well-known, old-fashioned dance airs. Then he played to us several
not in his book that were traditional at Sheepstor. This was one of
them, a dance tune; but he could not recall the words, only he knew
that they told of the adventures of "Old Adam, the Poacher." Mr.
Sheppard arranged this for "English Minstrelsy," but did not perceive
that the first four lines of air have to be repeated to complete the
tune; and in taking the melody from the fiddler, one could not detect
at first, not knowing the words, where the tune precisely ended. It
seems, however, obvious that there is a repeat of the first strain. I
wrote the words.


121. EVENING PRAYER. Some fifty years ago this was the only, or
almost the only, prayer used by village children. It was said or
chanted far more extensively than the Lord's Prayer. The children
had, however, cut down the hymn to one verse. The complete song,
as "Prayer of the Week," was obtained from an old woman in the
workhouse at Tavistock. Where the passage occurs purporting to come
from the Epistles of St. Peter it would be hard to say. The tune, as
it stands, is in the Major mode, and is so harmonised. But if the
last note were G instead of E[flat]--as, indeed, it is in the two
previous repetitions of the same phrase--the melody would then be in
the Phrygian mode. The termination in E[flat] is probably a modern
corruption.

Something very much like this prayer is found throughout Europe. Here
is the Quercy version, sung also in Poitou, Gascony, and Brittany--

     "Father of habit, our Lord salutes you.
     He is at the head, He is at the feet;
         He is now, He is hereafter.
     On the bed, when I lie,
     Five angels are me by,
     Two to head and two to feet,
     The Mother of God in the midst, whilst I sleep.
     I need not fear fire and flame and sudden death," etc.

Daymard, "Chansons Populaires," Cahors, 1889. It is probably the
"White Paternoster" referred to in "The Miller's Tale," by Chaucer--

     "Lord Jhesu Crist, and Seynte Benedight,
     Bless this hous from every wikkede wight,
     Fro nyghtesmare werye the witte (white) Pater-noster."

White, in his "Way to the True Church," 1624, insists on "the
prodigious ignorance" which he found among his parishioners when
he entered on his ministrations. He gives what he calls "The White
Paternoster":--

     "White Paternoster, Saint Peter's brother,
     What hast i' th' one hand? White book leaves.
     What hast i' th' t'other hand? Heaven yate keyes.
     Open heaven yates, and streike hell yates:
     And let every crysome child creep to its own mother,
                   White Paternoster, Amen."

This, however, is not the same. But in the Magical Treatise,
"Enchiridion Papæ Leonis," Rome, 1660, it runs--

     "Petit Pate nôtre blanche que Dieu fit, que Dieu dit, que
     Dieu mit en Paradis. Au soir me allant coucher je trouve
     trois anges à mon lit couchés, un aux pieds, deux au
     chevet, la bonne Vierge Marie au milieu, qui me dit que je
     me arrette, que rien ne doute."

This was to be recited thrice at eve, thrice in the morning, and it
would secure Paradise.

The White Paternoster was proscribed by the Church as superstitious:
"Le Tableau de la vida del parfet Crestia," by P. Amilha, 1703, p.
234. See Victor Hugo, "Les Miserables," iv. p. 117.

A form used on the Cornish moors, and repeated by a boy at Alternon,
runs--

     "Ding dong, the parson's bell,
         Very well my mother.
     I shall be buried in the old churchyard,
         By the side of my dear brother.
     My coffin shall be black,
     Two little angels at my back,
     Two to watch, and two to pray,
     And two to carry my soul away.
     When I am dead and in my grave,
         And all my bones are rotten,
     Jesus Christ will come again
         When I am quite forgotten."

The boy was taught this by his aunt.

In the "Townley Mysteries," p. 91, the shepherds watching their
flocks by night repeat a form of this prayer. See also Ady's "Candle
in the Dark," London, 1650, p. 58; also a paper in the _Archæologia_,
xxvii. p. 253, by the Rev. Lancelot Sharpe; and Halliwell's "Nursery
Rhymes," No. ccxl.

       *       *       *       *       *

Songs in the first edition omitted from this are--

  Fathom the Bowl.
  The Squire and the Fair Maid.
  My Lady's Coach.
  An Evening so Clear.
  The Warson Hunt.
  The Rout is Out.
  Why should we be dullards sad?
  Nancy.
  Farewell to Kingsbridge.
  Something Lacking.
  The Wrestling Match.
  Broadbury Gibbet.
  The Orchestra.
  Fair girl, mind this when you marry.
  Cupid, the Ploughboy.
  Come, my Lads, let us be jolly.
  A Single and a Married Life.
  The Saucy Ploughboy.
  The Everlasting Circle.
  Hunting the Hare.
  Dead Maid's Land.
  Shower and Sunshine.

The first edition is still kept in stock, so that such persons as
desire these ballads, and such others as are retained in this, but
treated differently, as duets and quartettes, can obtain them from
the publishers.

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