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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleGallant hussar
Roud No.1146
Collected FromWest, James
LocationQuenington
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 135
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th April, 1916, p 3, Part 29, No. 5
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

A damsel possessed of great beauty,
She stood at her own father's gate,
The gallant Hussars were on duty,
To view them this maiden did wait;
Their horses were capering and prancing,
Their accoutrements shone like a star,
From the field they were nearest advancing,
She espied her young gallant Hussar.

Verse 2

Their fleeces were strung over their shoulder,
So careless they seemed for to ride,
So warlike appearance these young soldiers,
With glittering swords by their side;
To the barracks so early next morning,
This damsel she went with her car,
Because she loved him sincerely -
Young Edwin, her gallant Hussar.

Verse 3

It was there she conversed with her soldier,
These words she was heard for to say;
Says Jane - "I have seen none more bolder,
To follow my laddie away:"
"O, fie," said young Edwin, "Be steady,
And think of the dangers of war.
When the trumpet sounds I must be ready,
So wed not your gallant Hussar."

Verse 4

Says Edwin - "Your friends you must mind them,
Or else you're ever undone;
They'll leave you no portion behind them,
So pray! Do my company shun."
She says - "If you will be true hearted,
I've money of my own in store,
From this time no more we'll be parted,
I'll wed with my gallant Hussar.

Verse 5

For twelve months on bread and cold water,
My parents confined me for you;
Oh, hard hearted friends to their daughter,
Whose heart it was loyal and true!
Unless they confine me for ever,
Or banish me from you afar,
I'll follow my soldier so clever,
I'll wed with my gallant Hussar."

Verse 6

As he gazed on each beautiful feature,
The tears they did stand in each eye -
"I'll wed with this beautiful creature
And forsake cruel war," he did cry:
So now they're united together,
Friends, think of them now you're afar,
Saying - "Heaven bless them now and forever,
Young Jane and her gallant Hussar."
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Not one of the oldest folk songs. It is of some age however, dating probably from the opening of the nineteenth century, since it was sung at Quenington and Coln St Aldwyn many years ago. Obtained of James West, Quenington.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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