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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleThrough the groves Music Note (Music Score Available)
Roud No.1046
Collected FromShergold, E. Mr.
Collected ByGardiner, George B
Alternative Title
TuneGardiner, George B
Source PrimaryGeorge B. Gardiner MSS (VWML) H 409
Source SecondaryJournal of the Folk-Song Society 3:4 (13) (1909) pp. 285 – 286
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Through the groves as I was a-wandering
Out one summer's evening clear,
But who should I spy but a fair young damsel
Lamenting for her shepherd dear.

Verse 2

I boldly stepped up unto her
And she blushed as I drew near;
I says, "Fair maid, what is your trouble,
Or what makes you so lamenting here?"

Verse 3

She says, "Young man, if you will believe me,
My trouble is more than I can bear.
For my true love is gone, is gone and left me,
Across the seas I know not where.

Verse 4

Who is my shepherd I love so dearly,
How can I love him any more?
For he's gone, he's gone, he's gone and he's left me,
I never shall see him again, I fear."

Verse 5

Twas down in yonder flowery garden,
Where the river runs so bright and clear;
That her cheeks was like two blooming roses
Upon the tree that bud and bear.
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Note 1

Mr E Shergold, 75, Southampton Union [workhouse], 1906.

Note 2

The following appears in the Journal, "The singer of the tune, an inmate of Southampton Workhouse, belonged to Amesbury, Wilts."

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2009

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