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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleIsle of beauty, fare thee well
Roud No.2553
Collected FromMessenger, Charles
LocationCerney Wick
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 62
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Shades of evening, close not o'er us,
Leave our lonely bark awhile,
Moon alas! will not restore us,
Yonder dim and distant isle;
Still my fancy can discover,
Sunny spots where friends may dwell -
Dark the shadows round us hover,
Isle of Beauty, fare thee well.

Verse 2

Through the mist that floats above us,
Faintly sounds the vesper bell,
Like a voice from those who love us,
Breathing fondly - Fare thee well!
'Tis the hour when happy faces,
Smile around the taper's light;
Who will fill our vacant places?
Who will sing our songs tonight?

Verse 3

When the waves are round us breaking,
As I pace the deck alone,
And my eye in vain is seeking,
Some green leaf to rest upon;
When on that dear land I ponder,
Where my old companions dwell,
Absence makes the heart grow fonder,
Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!
 
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Notes
Note 1

Alfred Williams - 'C Messenger, Latton; J Minchin, Eynsham. Favourite song of females around Latton and Down Ampney.'

Note 2

In Verse 2 Line 6 the original text read:

Smile along the taper light;

In Verse 3 Line 3 the original text read:

Still my eye in vain is seeking,

In Verse 3 Line 5 the original text read:

What would I not give to wander

In Verse 3 Line 7 the original text read:

Still, Absence makes the heart grow fonder,

The manuscript has amendments added to the transcribed order. The verses are in the order suggested by the amendments.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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