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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleMusic and wine
Roud No.1229
Collected FromMidwinter, James
LocationAldsworth
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 38
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 20th May, 1916, p 3, Part 31, No. 9: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 42, 43.
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Of battles and sieges I mean not to sing,
Of love to our country, nor hatred to King;
Give me but contentment, joined with health,
I ask of kind fortune not honour nor wealth;
In country or city I think not to shine,
But sing of my pleasure in music and wine.

Verse 2

How the cordial warms my spirit!
None can vie with wine for merit.
How the music charms my ear!
None with music can compare!
Blest were the days when, in leafy shade,
Joined hand in hand with my true love I strayed.

Verse 3

Where apple blossoms scent the fragrant air,
I have snatched soft kisses from the wanton fair;
Then did the feathered choir in songs rejoice;
How the cuckoo tuned her softling voice!
The gentle thrush with pride displayed her throat,
Vying in sweetness with the blackbird's note.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: 'I would remark of Aldsworth that like Bibury, it has been famed for its song. Here Morris dancing too, was practised, and much merry making observed in times gone by. All the old Morris dancers are dead now, and the music is still. The last of the Aldsworth Morris Men, James Mander, aged 77, met his death by an unfortunate accident at the threshing machine but a few days ago. His clothes became tangled with the spindle and he was whirled round with the wheel. I was acquainted with the old man and he was to have told me some songs on the very evening of his death. The following two pieces I have not heard out of Aldsworth. These I obtained of James Midwinter, who learned them of his grandfather, fifty years ago.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS: 'I would remark of Aldsworth that like Bibury, it has been famed for its song. Here Morris dancing too, was practised, and much merry making observed in times gone by. All the old Morris dancers are dead now, and the music is still. The last of the Aldsworth Morris Men, James Mander, aged 77, met his death by an unfortunate accident at the threshing machine but a few days ago. I was acquainted with the old man and he was to have told me some songs on the very evening of his death. The following two pieces [How happy is the man] I have not heard out of Aldsworth. These I obtained of James Midwinter, who learned them of his grandfather, fifty years ago.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'The following two pieces [How happy is the man] I heard at Aldsworth. These I obtained of James Midwinter, who learned them of his grandfather, many years ago.'

Note 2

In Verse 2 Line 6 the original text read:

Joined hand in hand with my fond love I strayed

Note 3

In the WGS version the text reads:

Verse 1, line 5:

In country or city I wish not to shine

In verse 2, line 5:

Blest were the days when, in the leafy shade

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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