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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleRecruiting sergeant
Roud No.1275
Collected FromBaughn, Thomas
LocationSouth Cerney
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 141
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1 Sergeant

Here mower, take my shiners bright,
You'll prove a hero in a fight;
The very man in strength and size,
To mow down all your enemies.

Verse 2 Mower

I thank you sergeant all the same,
But no! I hardly like the game;
For if I go to fight, you see,
The sword of war may mow down me.
Print Song Lyrics
Alfred Williams - 'Verses on an old illustrated hand bill, printed and distributed about 1800, and now in the possession of Thomas Baughan, South Cerney.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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