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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleGood company
Roud No.1288
Collected FromBaxter, Robert
LocationEastleach
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 81
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st July, 1916, p 3, Part 35, No. 6: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 41.
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When I sit by myself at the close of the day,
And watch the blue twilight turn amber and grey,
With fancies as twinkling and vague as the stars,
And distant as they from this life's petty jars -
I know not, I think not, where fortune may be,
But I feel I am in very good company.

Verse 2

When I sit with a friend, at the glow of a hearth,
And fight some great battle of wisdom or mirth,
And strike from our armour the sparkle of wit,
That follows the shafts of our thoughts when they hit -
I know not, I think not, where fortune may be,
But I feel I am in very good company.

Verse 3

When I sit with my darling, who loves me so well,
And read in her eyes what no language can tell,
Or trace, on her lips, free as cherubs' from guile,
The meaning and mysteries hid in a smile -
I know not, I think not, where fortune may be,
But I feel I am in very good company.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / FSUT: 'This charming little song I discovered at Eastleach, Gloucestershire. I am not certain as to its age; but I am told it was the favourite of the Morris dancers in times past. Sung by Robert Baxter, one of the last of the Eastleach Morris dancers.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS: "This charming little song I discovered at Eastleach I am not certain as to its age, though it appears to have been known to several of the old villagers for many years. It is a superior piece, and was used by the Morris dancers in times past. I obtained the words of Robert Baxter, one of the last Eastleach morris dancers.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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