If you are reading this page using a screenreader, we support ARIA landmarks for quick navigation too

Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

There were 1 items found.

Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleLove farewell
Roud No.1301
Collected FromPillinger, John
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 106
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st January, 1916, p 2, Part 12, No. 11: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 235
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

John and Mary making posies,
Down by the banks of sweet primroses:
Now I hear the Colonel crying -
"March, my lads, with colours flying," -
Love farewell!

Verse 2

"Now my lads, we're all for the travel,
Some for France and some for Holland;
Every man with his hair well powdered,
Every man with his firelock shouldered" -
Love farewell!

Verse 3

"Soldier, dear, oh dear don't wrong me!
Do not take my daughter from me;
For if thou dost I will lament thee,
And after death my ghost shall haunt thee, -
Love farewell!"
Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'An ancient piece, somewhat similar in circumstance and sentiment to the foregoing [In the lowlands of Holland], though it is if older date. Obtained of John Pillinger.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'An ancient piece, reminiscent of operations against the French and Dutch. Copy obtained of John Pillinger'.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



This website

Contact details

Contact Wiltshire Council

Write to us or call us

Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN