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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleShepherd on the plain
Roud No.1433
Collected FromSellars, Charles
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 83
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 16th October, 1915, p 2, Part 3, No. 12
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

It's of a gentle shepherd kept his sheep on yonder plain,
He was minding his sheep on a bright summer's morn;
A lady of honour he chanced for to find,
And on the young shepherd she fixed her mind.

Verse 2

He played on his pipe and his flock it drew near,
Which caused this young lady to stand still to hear;
She said - 'Gentle shepherd, pray where do you dwell?
I think in my heart I could love you right well.'

Verse 3

He says - 'Fair lady, you had better forbear,
You might have a man with a thousand a year;
You might have a man that is richer than me.'
'I am deeply in love,' this young lady said she.

Verse 4

Then straight to the tailor's shop she did go,
And ordered a suit from the head to the toe;
With a gold laced hat, and a holland shirt so fine,
She dressed her young shepherd, it was her design.

Verse 5

Down under the shady oak tree that was green,
She dressed this young shepherd like a squire to be seen;
A gold watch from her pocket she freely did give,
She says, 'Gentle shepherd, now can you believe?'

Verse 5

They went to the church and were married with speed,
And the shepherd he knew not his lady indeed;
A coach and attendants stood ready waiting there,
Now the shepherd's a squire worth a thousand a year.
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Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'A typical shepherd song. Obtained at Eastleach, of Charles Sellars.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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