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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleSlave's dream
Roud No.2681
Collected FromRussell, Mrs.
LocationTetbury
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 164
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I had a dream, a happy dream,
I dreamt that I was free,
That in my own bright land again,
A home there was for me;
Savannah's tide dashed bravely on,
I saw wave roll on wave,
But when in daylight I awoke,
I found myself a slave.

Verse 2

I never knew a mother's love,
Yet happy were my days,
For, by my own dear father's side,
I sang my simple lays;
He died, and heartless strangers came,
Ere closed o'er him the grave,
They tore me weeping from his side,
And claimed me as a slave.

Verse 3

And this was in a Christian land,
Where men kneel down to pray,
The counted land of liberty,
Where lash and chain hold sway;
Then give me back my Georgian cot,
It is not wealth I crave,
And let me live if freedom's light,
Or die, if still a slave.
 
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Notes
The usual notes are missing from the fair copy. However, in pencil is the following:

Harvest home at Tetbury [Mills]

Mills may refer to a singer. Williams records a Mills in both Ablington and South Cerney.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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