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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleShepherd's daughter
Roud No.67
Collected FromBanting, William [Shepherd]
LocationQuenington
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleChild No 110
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 126
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 20th May, 1916, p 3, Part 31, No. 1; Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 102, 103
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

It's of an old shepherd's daughter,
Kept sheep on the hills so high;
And one of the King's court servants
By chance came riding by.

Chorus

So we'll go no more a-roving,
So we'll go no more a-roving.

Verse 2

"I'll give to thee my gay gold watch,
Likewise my gay gold ring,
If thou'lt go with me to yonder green grove
To hear the small birds sing."

Chorus

Verse 3

"Since thou art one of the King's court servants,
And hast confessed the same,
Now if thou be a kind young man,
Pray, tell to me thy name."

Chorus

Verse 4

"Some they call me Jack, my dear,
And some they call me John;
But when I am at the King's high gate,
They call me sweet William."

Chorus

Verse 5

He mounted on his lily white horse,
As fast as he could ride;
She picked her petticoats under her arms,
And ran by the horse's side.

Chorus

Verse 6

When she came to the King's high gate,
She went to the bell to ring,
And who should be there but the King himself,
To let this fair maid in.

Chorus

Verse 7

"What dost thou want, my pretty maid?
What dost thou want?" said he;
"I want one of your merry, merry men,
For he has robbed me."

Chorus

Verse 8

"Has he robbed you of your gay gold watch,
Or of your gay gold ring?"
"No he has robbed me of my liberty,
And that's a more useful thing."

Chorus

Verse 9

"Then if he be a married man,
Hanged he shall be;
But if he be a single man,
His body I'll give thee."

Chorus

Verse 10

He called up his merry, merry men,,
By one, by two, by three,
And the last that he called was sweet William,
"Oh, that's the lad!" cried she.

Chorus

Verse 11

"The very first town that we come to,
Then we will buy the ring,
And the very next town that we come to
The marriage shall begin."

Chorus

Verse 12

"I wish I'd drunk the cold well water,
Before I had drunk wine,
And before any old shepherd's daughter
Should have been a bride of mine."
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'The Shepherd's Daughter is a very ancient song dating at least from the age of Queen Elizabeth. A version is to be found in Percy's Reliques, and there is a Scotch rendering under the title 'Earl Richard'. The song was popular at Filkins and Lechlade. Obtained of Shepherd Banting, Quenington.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'The Shepherd's Daughter dtaes probably frmthe age of Queen Eizabeth. A version is to be found in Percy's Reliques, and there is a Scotch rendering under the title 'Earl Richard'. The song was popular at Filkins and Lechlade. Obtained of Shepherd Banting, Quenington.'

Note 2

In Verses 4 Line 3 the original text read:

But when I am at the King's high court,

In Verse 6 Line 3 the original text read:

But when I am at the King's high court,

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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